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Stanton Drew

12 13 The Third TemPle sibling of Stonehenge and Avebury Although often regarded as a minor megalithic site, there is now evidence that Stanton Drew predates both Stonehenge and Avebury. In fact techniques of hengebuilding used at Avebury and Stonehenge might have been developed first at Stanton Drew. This ancient Somerset site might have originally served a huge catchment area stretching down to Cornwall and across to Wiltshire. Theories about the site abound. One of most endearing of the antiquarians to study Stanton Drew was Ernest Sibree 18591927, lecturer in Oriental studies at the University of Bristol in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From his cosmological studies, Sibree concluded that the purpose of Stanton Drew was a planetary calendar. Aided by the research of Dymond, who described the circles as peristaliths, Sibree postulated that the stones were used to calculate the passing of a year. Opposite C. W. Dymonds late 19th century sketch of the site. Stanton Drew is the third largest temple of Southern Britain, after Avebury above and Stonehenge below.
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