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Castlerigg Stone Circle Essay

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(-- removed HTML --) Considered to be the most atmospheric by popular consensus, the Castlerigg Stone Circle, is a structured placement of stones near Keswick in Cumbria, North West England. Not quite as famous as (-- removed HTML --) Stonehenge (-- removed HTML --) , the Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the oldest out of 1,300 stone circles spread about within the British Isles. Also known as Keswick Carle, or Druid's Circle, this Megalithic construction was built around the Neolithic era around 3,000 BC and consists of 38 stones of diverse heights situated in an oval shape. The largest stone sits at over 8 feet tall, but the rest of the stones are less than 5 feet in height. A few of the stones have since collapsed, however the site is in unusually fine condition. (-- removed HTML --)…show more content…
Within the stone circle at its core, lies a rectangle of ten smaller stones in an arrangement which has been labeled "The Cave". A modest mound sits in the center, which has been theorized to be a burial chamber. Although, the site has never been fullly excavated, there seems to have been only charcoal desposits which have ever been uncovered. (-- removed HTML --) (-- removed HTML --) Similar to Stonehenge, the Castlerigg Stone Circles has a solar alignment, and seems to have been used for solstice celebrations. Several stones in the circle have been found to align with the midwinter sunrise and various lunar positions. These qualities make this stone circle suitable to have been used as an astronomical observatory. However, a popular local legend states that the stones were never meant to be built to a specific design, but that men had turned into the stones for fear of a local monster lurking about. (-- removed HTML
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