|I visited the Nine Stones (Altarnun) Circle last night on the most beautiful of evenings. As I approached and at a distance of about 1/2 mile it was alive with horses/ponies. In all I counted 44...mares, this years foals, last years foals and a stallion! In this wilderness they had congregated on all sides of the circle and it looked a fantastic sight. I was with two friends who were on horseback and as we approached the horses drifted away and held station about 200 yards away in different groups. The area around the circle has a 'prepared' surface compared to the bulk of the remaining East Moor but I don't know if this has always been the case or it has been cleared in more recent times. I've always had a good feeling around the Nine Stones and wondered if the horses felt the same about it and consider it a 'safe' area.|
I shall be adding fieldnotes but here is an aerial I took which gives a somewhat differet slant to the usual photo. You'll note a few of the many horses present. I shot a vid as well when my friends rode off but after they'd gone the 'wild' ponies began to descend on the circle again so I didn't hang around too long.
At first I thought they were using the circle as a watering hole because, as the photo shows, water surrounds most of the stones, but that wasn't the case as none drank. Within a few hundred yards is a river/decent stream and a larger watering hole is lying to the south west of the cirlce at present so I'm pretty sure the circle area holds a comfort zone for them and possibly reflecting what our great ancestors thought and why the circle was built where it is in the first place. Thoughts?
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|Posted by Sanctuary|
26th July 2012ce