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You’re likely familiar with Stonehenge in south central England, but did you know that the locals there were not the only ancient societies busy erecting stone circles? Check out these different stone monuments found throughout the world.
Ring of Brodgar
Dating back to the Neolithic Era (or New Stone Age), the Ring of Brodgar is located on the largest island in Orkney, Scotland. At one point, there were around 60 stones, but by the end of the 20th century, only 27 remained standing. The site hasn’t been fully excavated, so there may be more information we don’t yet know.
Drombeg stone circle
Located in County Cork, Ireland, the Drombeg stone circle was used during the Bronze Age, with radiocarbon dating placing its age around 1100 to 800 BC. It includes 17 closely-spaced stones.
An underwater Neolithic village was found off the coast of Israel, and it includes a submerged stone circle, which may be the oldest known stone circle to have been found — it dates back to about 6300 to 7000 BC. It was arranged around a freshwater spring and may have been used in water rituals.
Castlerigg stone circle
You’ll find the Castlerigg stone circle in northwest England, near the market town of Keswick. It dates back to around 3200 BC and consists of around 40 stones, the largest of which weighs around 16 tons.
Swinside is a gorgeous, nearly perfect stone circle also located in northwest England, in southern Cumbria. There are currently 55 stones present, down from 60 that were originally there.
A small stone circle, consisting of six standing stones, is located in Derbyshire, England. It was erected in the Bronze Age, and during one of the excavation attempts, a few stones were smashed and repaired with concrete.
The Merry Maidens
In Cornwall, England, you can find 19 granite stones forming a complete circle. At one point, there were stones from a second stone circle in the area, but all of those stones had disappeared by the end of the 19th century.