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The Neolithic


Girdlestanes, Eskdale


'Girdle Stanes', a stone circle measuring about 37m in diameter. Erosion by river action has removed approximately a third of the circle, but thirteen stones are still standing, and at least eight fallen ones lie there too. It is not known whether the low stony bank, up to about 7m in thickness, which has been thrown up along the perimeter of the circle is an original feature of the site or no more  than field-clearance or a hedge or plantation  bank.

A preliminary geophysical survey in 1993 indicated several pits within the enclosure, with additional pits along the line of the stone circle. A weak magnetic anomaly suggested a narrow bank of stoney material, about 8m outside the stone circle. No evidence was found for an enclosing ditch within the surveyed area.

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