Stripple stones

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Stripple stones
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Plan of the Stripple stones
Stripple stones is located in Cornwall
Stripple stones
Shown within Cornwall
Location Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
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Type Henge and stone circle
Periods Neolithic / Bronze Age

The Stripple stones (or Stripple stones circle) is a henge and stone circle located on the south slope of Hawk's Tor, Blisland, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north northeast of Bodmin on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England, UK.[1][2]


First recorded by this name during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I[3] the circle has been described by William Lukis as "the most interesting and remarkable monument in the county". It is surrounded by a circular ditch and vallum that forms a level platform 175 feet (53 m) in diameter. The circle is 145.5 feet (44.3 m) in diameter with four granite standing stones and several fallen. In the centre is a giant fallen menhir approximately 12 feet (3.7 m) long and 5 feet (1.5 m) at the widest point, split in three places. Lukis suggested that with an average spacing of 12 feet (3.7 m), there would have been thirty seven original stones, whilst Aubrey Burl suggested only twenty eight.[1][4]


The Stripple stones were excavated in 1905 by H. St. George Gray who found a burnt flint, three flint flakes an ox bone and some charcoal and oak timbers in the surrounding ditch. He also detected an entrance from this facing southwest, directly towards the Trippet stones. Gray noted that the stones had only been set approximately 1.5 feet (0.46 m) deep into the ground. Four postholes were found surrounding the central stone which was discovered to have been offset from the centre of the circle by 14 feet (4.3 m) to the south southeast.[4]


The vallum surrounding the circle has three semi-lunar projections facing towards the northwest, northeast and east. It has been completely obliterated to the south.[1] Aubrey Burl suggested that from the location of the central stone, when upright, alignments with these bulges in the outer bank mark Mayday sunset, Equinox sunrise and the major northern moonrise.[4][5] He also suggested that the post holes may have been attempts to establish accurate backsights for alignments.[6] Norman Lockyer suggested that sighted from the centre stone, the northeast projection would have aligned with Capella in 1250 BC.[5]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 William C. Lukis (1885). The prehistoric stone monuments of the British Isles: Cornwall. Printed for Nichols and Sons for the Society of Antiquaries. Retrieved 22 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Alexander Thom; Archibald Stevenson Thom; Aubrey Burl (1980). Megalithic rings: plans and data for 229 monuments in Britain. British Archaeological Reports. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-0-86054-094-6. Retrieved 22 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. John Maclean (sir.) (1868). Parochial and family history of the parish of Blisland, p. 24. pp. 24–. Retrieved 23 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Aubrey Burl (2005). A guide to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, p. 37. Yale University Press. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-0-300-11406-5. Retrieved 23 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Norman Lockyer (April 2003). Stonehenge and Other British Stone Monuments Astronomically Considered. Kessinger Publishing. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-7661-5162-8. Retrieved 23 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Lockyer2003" defined multiple times with different content
  6. Aubrey Burl (4 March 2008). Prehistoric Astronomy and Ritual. Osprey Publishing. pp. 41–. ISBN 978-0-7478-0614-1. Retrieved 23 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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