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The Beorgs of Housetter

Standing Stones


'Stones helped erect by setting stones at their base. Few remains of oval cairn right behind them, an enormous broad stone flat on the ground completely covering its centre, flat on both ends too. The largest is a brilliant big stone, whose face is flat and back is a fur of green lychen. A crack runs its length, back and forth. perfectly upright.
The stones sit within and overlook a bowl that opens out into the sea at one end, a rocky face right behind the stones.
I'd been driving past and to my left seen some upright stones, got out and there was a long old wall and beside it slight remains of some structure. driving-on just a little way later I spied these stones not so obvious with the hill as their backdrop. The sheep are really friendly here and come over to say hello.
The chambered cairn close by, closer to the road, made of red stone, is fallen in but most of its stones remain. from near to that cairn, between the standing stones and it, there's clear remains of a stone sided road (which doesn't reach as far as the standing stones and runs close to the chambered cairn). Telephone wires run nearly exactly overhead of the standing stones, which are directly in line with the poles. Also between the standing stones and the cairn are two stones of prime standing stone material layn upon the ground.
I think I can still make out the remains of the wall from further back. If the red stone remains, further back from the stones and cairn, is the cairn marked on the map then its a lot larger and constructed of smaller stones than others I've seen. I didn't think it was a cairn atall but thought maybe it was when I got back to the car cos of where the map puts it. I think the map mistakenly puts the one beside the standing stones half way up the cliff face.
Copey reckons the smaller stone is 6.5' tall but its more like 4.5'.'

-9th March 2002
Posted by FlopsyPete
29th November 2003ce

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