Neolithic Sites in Western Europe
Images and Ritual Meanings


Castlerigg, near Keswick, Cumbria, England

View from the south on June 20, 2000, Eve of Summer Solstice. Solstice celebrants are already setting up camp near one of the thirty-eight surviving stones (of an original forty-two). The stones are made of metamorphic slate which is locally mined. The height of the stones ranges from three to five feet. This spectacular site stands on Chestnut Hill and is settled between high peaks in the Langdale mountains in Englands Lake District. The circle is one of Britain's earliest and dates from around 3200 b.c.e.

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