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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 760
 Date Entered 12/10/2013
 Updated on 13/10/2013
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Standing Stones / Circles
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 28/09/2013
 Location Galloway. Kirkudbrightshire. Glenquicken. NX509582, 150mOD
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid 
 Altitude 150m
 Geology Silrian sandstones, shales and grits.
 Record Name Some Galloway Stone Circles 2. Cambret Moor West. Kirkudbright.
 Record Description This fine stone ring with centre stone is has been surveyed by A. and A.A.Thom and interpreted as a flattened circle with a diameter of 16.6m. All the stones are glacial erratics of granite and other volcanic rock. The granite centre standing stone is 1.9m high.
 Additional Notes It may be mentioned that the only instance of a flattened circle in nature is the one day old moon. The frequent occurance within the comprehensive and very large body of accurately surveyed stone circle plans published by A. and A.A. Thom of this flattened circle plan within the numerous stone circles of the British Isles may indicate that these structures acknowledged a Mood Deity or The White Goddess (Robert Graves, 1948). A comparative Note. By comparison with the megalithic rings of Galloway and elsewhere, the few small free-standing stone rings of the eastern Pennine fringe are very poor relations, but this is not to say that the small Pennine rings are insignificant. These small rings may mark cremation internments at significant places on prehistoric routeways from lowland to upland, as on Carperby Moor and at the head of Lunedale in Upper Teesdale or on the watershed between Dales as at Barningham Moor and at Mudbeck in Arkengarthdale (see previous SWAAG Records). The ritual and mortuary enclosure characteristic of the Pennine Area is the stone dump ring cairn, some 30 of these slight stone rings being recorded in the Tees/Swale/Ure Uplands. These slight stone dump embanked enclosures are also and most accurately referred to as enclosed cremation cemetaries. as the characteristic burial within these rings are cremations contained within collared or plain urns.
 Image 1 ID 4748         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The Cambret Hill Stone Ring and centre stone
 Image 2 ID 4749         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description 
 Image 3 ID 4750         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The centre stone and remnant of the internal cairn.
 Image 4 ID 4754         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Plan of the Cambret Moor Stone ring showing geometric construction as an edge-flattened circle. Thom A. and Thom A.A. 'Megalithic Rings'. British Archaeological Reports 81, 1980. pp284,285.
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