Stanton Drew Stone Circles

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Stanton Drew Stone Circles

Hypothesis: "The Stone Circles at Stanton Drew were built purely for

religious reasons"

Question 1:What can you learn from your site investigation about the

Stone Circles at Stanton Drew?

The stone circles at Stanton Drew have plagued the minds of historians

and archeologists for centuries, and also produced wild fairy tales of

the upmost imagination. However what I am going to try and establish

is weather "The Stone Circles at Stanton Drew were built purely for

religious reasons", or if they were built for another reason, and in

that case what and how have I come to that conclusion.

To try and conclude on this topic I am going to rely on primary data

which I will collect from the site and also secondary sources which

have been provided. I visited the Stanton Drew area on the 11th

October 2001.

Stanton Drew is located in the south west of England. It is south of

Bristol and is adjacent to the B 3130. This established village houses

approximately 1000 residents, and has a church, one pub, a phone box,

a village hall and a post box. The roads through Stanton Drew are

fairly narrow. This tells me that the settlement here is established,

as well as the christianic religion.

The Chew River, originating from the mendips, running through the

valley gives an adequate water supply around the years and the

addition of Chew Valley lake (resevoir) also helps provide water for

Bristol and the surrounding area.

The stone circles are located in the north east part of the village,

near to chew river and opposite the B3130.

From this information above I can establish that the Chew Valley area


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...nted exactly, this was stated by John Wood in his description of

Bath (1749). He is quoted as saying that whenever people tried to

count the stones there were "struck dead upon the spot, or with such

an illness as soon carried them off." This legend

Evaluation of sources I have used in question three are as follow…

In conclusion

Question 4: Using all the evidence available, explain whether you

agree or disagree with the hypothesis?

I am unsure about disagreeing or agreeing because there is no way of

knowing for certain

The site could have been purley a religious site because The site

could have been used as For example eAt other Neolithic sites In

conclusion However we will never fully know the extent of the

Neolithic peoples beiliefs and their life style religion shall stay an

enigma forever.
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