The Hill Forts, Stone Circles, and Other Structural Remains of Ancient Scotland

The Hill Forts, Stone Circles, and Other Structural Remains of Ancient Scotland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...on ground of easy access; it has been literally pulled to pieces, and carried off stone by stone. Plate XIX., plan and section--C, the inner partition walls. A, main tower wall, 20 feet broad, 20 feet high. B, passage surrounding whole main wall. D, second surrounding wall. N.B.--Perhaps this narrow gallery may represent the usual space for the spiral stair, but in this case the double wall would be of enormous thickness, 33 feet. Appearances rather favour this supposition. CHAPTER X.--THE CIRCLES OF BROIGAR, AVEBURY, AND STONEHENGE. Circle Of Broigar, Loch Of Stennis, Obkney.--The Loch of Stennis is nearly divided by two opposite promontories, whose points almost meet in the midst of the waters, and are connected by a rude mole or bridge called "The Bridge of Broigar." Formerly there was only a causeway, probably intended to be under water. On both promontories are the remains of great circles of standing stones. The smaller one on the east side of the loch is composed of the largest stones. The greater circle (Plates XIV. and XXIII.), west of "the bridge of Broigar, is surrounded by a trench which encloses 2 acres of ground. Sixty stones appear to have composed the circle immediately within the moat, of which thirty-six now remain, though but sixteen are still upright. According to invariable custom, the enclosed area is carefully levelled, and here the stones have the same slight hold of the soil as elsewhere noted, being so little sunk in it that one wonders how they have stood so long. One reason for this is, we believe, that they were never meant to stand alone. In confirmation of this theory, there is the further fact that these structures have always been the quarries of their districts, from whence stones, when needed, more

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