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RE: Foula stone ring

Archaeologists working on a remote Scottish island have discovered an ancient stone ceremonial enclosure that is perfectly aligned to the winter and summer solstices.
The find was made by members of the Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society (Bacas) working on the island of Foula.
The stones were found on the last day of an extensive geophysical survey at an area called Da Heights. The group found stones rising from the ground in a curve which did not look like they were placed naturally.
Extensive research has shown the stones were part of an early Bronze Age ceremonial enclosure. The structure would have been built some time between 3500 and 2000BC.

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A team of archaeologists from Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society (Bacas) has helped uncover an ancient stone circle in one of Britain's most remote locations. Members of the have taken part in a two-week excavation on Foula, part of the Shetland Islands (Scotland).
The team was previously involved in an extensive geophysical survey on the island in May last year. They were invited back to investigate the possibility that an early Bronze Age ceremonial enclosure, aligned to the midwinter sunrise, had been discovered.

"This year's excavation has proved conclusively that the stone enclosure is manmade. It is similar in construction to others of the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The actual date of the construction has yet to be established, though one shard of pottery has been found buried under 60cm of peat on the floor of the enclosure. That should help to provide evidence of a date when the site was in use"  - Jayne Lawes, the Bacas director of excavations.

The team has also taken samples of the peat for further analysis in the hope that pollen samples may give further clues to the date of the site.

"The alignment of the stone ring to the midwinter sunrise is of real significance. While in the summer the island is bathed in light throughout most of the day and night, in the winter daylight lasts for only a few hours. The knowledge that the days will lengthen and get warmer is very cheering" - John Holbourn, Bacas member who lived for most of his life on Foula before moving to Wiltshire.

 For more information about the Foula excavation, or for details of the local summer excavation or open day, contact Bridget Hetzel on 0117 932 9939 or visit the Bacas website, www.bacas.org.uk.

Source:  The Bath Chronicle

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