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Harkerside Moor Circle

Stone Circle


I went to see what I could see today and saw a stone circle.

I can see why there is confusion, since I also found several hut circles, and squares and other shapes all located broadly in the same area identified as a hut circle on the OS - a clear understatement of what is going on here!

This stone circle sits in a place of prominance in the middle of an apparent pre-historic settlement, that includes a number of huts, field enclosures and other signs of human activity. Including a cairn not too far away.

The circle is small - 10m across and appears to be a nine stone - circle with several stones missing. The embankment that it sits on is approx. 11m in diameter.

Most of the stones appear to have slipped from their original position and a few seem to be missing altogether. The stones themselves are small - the largest is less than a metre high. This is not surprising as the strata of the local rocks means they are subject to easy fracture and these stones appear to have done well to stay so large.

Interestingly, two different types of stones were used to create this circle. The majority of stones were limestone but at least two were sandstone.

One of the sand stones appeared to have human-made drill holes which were very shallow - perhaps 5mm deep.
Posted by BrigantesNation
17th August 2003ce

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