A stone circle is a monument of stones arranged in a circle or ellipse such monuments have been constructed in many parts of the world throughout history for many different reasons such monuments have been constructed in many parts of the world throughout history for many different reasons. There are eleven recognised stone circles in the south wales region comprising glamorganshire brecknockshire ie breconshire south powys and monmouthshire gwentfive of the circles have previously been considered in an astronomical context by the late professor alexander thom thom 1967 101 table 81. Prehistoric sites in wales browse this list of prehistoric sites to visit in wales alphabetically on this page or by region see a regional map unless otherwise noted most sites are freely accessible but please be respectful of the rights of landowners. The stone circles in the british isles and brittany are a megalithic tradition of monuments consisting of standing stones arranged in rings these were constructed from 3300 to 900 bce in britain ireland and brittany it has been estimated that around 4000 of these monuments were originally constructed in this part of north western europe during this period. Obviously it is beyond the scope of this website to hope to document every british prehistoric monument there are estimated to be around 1300 stone circles alone and the number of identified round barrows currently stands at over 10000 while many new rock art sites are discovered every year
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