castlerigg stone circle. cumbria. 3300BCE. 

castlerigg stone circle. cumbria. 3300BCE. these cumbrian stone circles are amongst the oldest in britain and are associated with similar ones in brittany and the auklands in both form and use. it is thought to be used as a ceremonial seasonal gathering place for feasting and trading at cardinal times of the year. it is well place for this with langsdale axe factory close by. and axes have been located buried at the foot of these stones. both lunar and solar alignments with high points on the horizon have been important in its positioning. here the moon appears above clough head during an impending summer sunset. #ancient_architecture #archaeology #stone_circle #solstice #moon #sun #neolithic #ceremonial #axeheads #bnw from instagram: