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Ring of Stone Circles


‘An energetic and informed historical adventure shining a light on Neolithic Cumbria.’ Emily Atherton, Editor, Cumberland and Westmorland Herald.

To paraphrase L.P. Hartley, ‘The past is a different country.’ In Ring of Stone Circles, Stan Abbott sets out to explore the visible clues to our mysterious past from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages: stone circles, in Cumbria – which boasts more of these monuments than any other English country. Here, our tallest mountains are ringed by almost fifty circles and henges, most of them sited in the foothills or on outlying plateaux. But why were these built?

We may never have a definitive answer to this question, but by observing and comparing sites, a greater understanding emerges. Were some circles built for ritualistic purposes, or perhaps astronomical? Were they burial sites, or simply meeting places?

Join Stan Abbott as he searches for the hidden stories these great monuments guard – and might reveal if we get to know them.

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