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STONE CIRCLE

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A circular or oval setting of spaced, usually freestanding, upright stones. More than one circle may be present, arranged concentrically.

Related Terms

Term Note
HENGE A circular or sub-circular enclosure of middle to late Neolithic date, defined by a ditch and external bank, usually with one or more entrances. May contain a variety of internal features, including stone and timber settings and hearths.
PIT CIRCLE A circular or sub-circular arrangement of pits usually revealed as cropmarks on aerial photographs. Where excavation has shown the pits contained timber posts use TIMBER CIRCLE.
RITUAL ENCLOSURE An enclosure which appears to have a ritual, rather than a defensive or domestic, function.
STANDING STONE A stone that has been deliberately set upright in the ground. Use only for isolated stones. Otherwise use specific term where known.
STONE SETTING An arrangement of two or more standing stones. Use specific term where known.
TIMBER CIRCLE A circular or oval arrangement of spaced post holes shown by excavation to indicate the former presence of a free-standing setting of upright timbers. Often regarded as a wooden equivalent of the better known stone circles.

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