A Trail Around UK Standing Stones And Burial Chambers

Some of the oldest relics of manmade heritage in the UK are not to be found in museums, but out in the fields and hills, standing weathered but monumental as they have done for thousands of years (actually, some have been re-positioned over the millennia).

Our prehistoric ancestors were a dab hand at somehow getting huge slabs of stone to stand up on their ends, without the benefit of any kind of motorised cranes or hydraulic haulage, leaving us these strange rows and circles of lichen-covered rocks, and earth covered barrows (burial chambers). Those that remain mostly date to the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, about 4,000 - 5,000 years ago.

Their historical importance has been long recognised, and Stonehenge, Avebury and partners around the country were all designated Scheduled Ancient Monuments back in 1882. Here’s a trail around some of the key standing stones and stone burial chambers of Britain.

Starting in the far north, Orkney’s Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stennes date to 2900 BC. These tall, slender, tablet shaped stones are arranged in perfect circles, and are known as the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, referring to the common feature of stones being positioned in relation of astronomical events.

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