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Nine Stones (Belstone)[1004 x 360 jpg]
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|Description ||Excuse the poor quality of this compilation pic, but it shows the circle, the river, and to the right, the long stone lying outside the north arc of the circle. |
Butler thinks that the full complement of stones are probably present and that this 1.75m fallen slab once stood erect in the single socket hole adjacent to it. He writes that: "The curious arrangement of close-set slabs on the north-west side and the rest being irregularly spaced around the circumference seems to have been the original design." [He questions why the alternate stones should have been robbed.]
| I'm sure Butler meant that the tall stone lying at north was once part of the arc of the circle on that side. This made me think of Scorhill circle, not that many miles away to the SE of here, on the NE of Dartmoor. It also has one much taller stone. This cairn circle has a smaller circumference, but maybe the style is copied?|
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