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The Sanctuary

Timber Circle

The Sanctuary (Timber Circle) by Chance Plan 2

This is a more detailed mono graphic ground plan of the inner circle of wooden post holes.

The Cunningtons broke the site down into 7 rings. Here the outer ring, which contained only stones has been excluded. Ring C - The Stone-and-post ring had 32 holes in total, but only half of these were wooden post holes, the other half, the stone holes, being made later.

Here are the number of holes and thier diameters, as recoded by the Cunninghams in 1930.

B - The Fence ring of 34 stake holes, 65 ft in dia.
C - The Stone-and-post ring, 32 holes, 45 ft in dia.
D - The Bank Holiday ring, 12 holes, 34 1/2 ft in dia.
E - 10 foot ring, 8 holes, 21 ft dia.
F - 7 foot ring, 8 holes, 15 ft dia.
G - 6 foot ring, 6 holes, 13 ft dia.

The legend shows the various phases of construction from I to III. The stones were all erected much later, maybe after the sight had gone into decline through warfare, deisease or migration.

The position of the sole grave, that of the "lad", is marked in the east.
Chance Posted by Chance
8th April 2009ce
Edited 8th April 2009ce
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