Aug 22, 2016

New research reveals the 'spectacular' secrets of Britain's earliest stone circles

The two oldest stone circles in the country were built to align with the sun and moon


Mystery has long surrounded the hundreds of ancient stone monuments found in Britain, from Stonehenge to Castlerigg in the Lake District.

But for the first time, archaeologists have been able to prove the two oldest stone circles in the country were deliberately constructed to align with the orbits of the sun and the moon.

Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland and the Standing Stones of Stenness on the Isle of Orkney were constructed about 5,000 years ago with astronomical phenomena in mind, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

Katie Forster