Circolo di Pietre
- Città più vicina: Chipping Norton
- Villaggio più vicino: Long Compton
- Riferimento cartografico: SP 296308
Uno dei più famosi circoli della Gran Bretagna, Rollright è composto da 77 pietre
per un'immagine ad Alta Risoluzione (99Kb)
Questo magnifico monumento è composto da un circolo di pietre (The King's Men: Gli uomini del Re), un menhir
(The King Stone, la pietra del Re, 73 metri a nordest) e da una camera
di sepoltura (The Whispering Knights, i Cavalieri Sussurrant, 357 metri ad est-sudest). Risalente
probabilmente al 3000 avanti Cristo,
and a burial chamber (The Whispering Knights, 357m/0.2mi ESE). Dating back probably to 3000 BC, there are
about 77 lumps of weathered limestone around the 31.4m (103ft) circle, some nearly lost in the short turf.
In 18th century, the antiquarian William Stukeley described this circle as 'The greatest Antiquity we have yet
seen... corroded like wormeaten wood by the harsh Jaws of Time'. Early in the 17th century only 26 stones were standing;
in 1882 there was a major re-erection of the remaining stones. Most of them are under 1.2m (4ft) high and they look like huge
rotted teeth. The circle may originally has had no more than about 22 tall monoliths that centuries of weathering have eroded
There is no other stone ring near the Rollright Stones, but the circle lies in an area of henges. Its name has
nothing to do with any supernatural rotation of the stones, but it may derive from 'Hrolla-landriht' as early spellings like
Rollindricht suggest, 'the land belonging to Hrolla'.
According to a legend, the Rollright Stones were once human beings:
the army of a King which story is explained on the King
Stone page. There are other legends, though; one is that the King's Men are
uncountable. A baker who tried to ascertain their number by placing a loaf on
top of every stone was not successful, because he did not have enough loaves.
Another story tells that at midnight on New Year's Day the King's Men go downhill
to drink at a spring in Little Rollright spinney.
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