Circles and Henges were built in Britain over about a 2000 year period beginning in the late Neolithic period and continuing into the Bronze age. The circles and Henges were then taken over by the Celts in the iron age, so the active period of being 'in use' runs into many thousands of years.
Henges come in differing shapes and sizes, some being oval and others circular measuring anything up to 400 meters or so across. Henges that contain stone circles are known as circle-henges. Some contain standing stones while others were used for burials.
Stone circles vary in diameter, shape and number of stones, some are circular and some oval. The type of stone varies too depending on the area, you find stones made from sarsen, as is the case of the huge stones at Stonehenge and Avebury to limestone at some other sites. Some circles have special stones such as quartz rich blocks. Many circles have associated outliers, sometimes single or double monoliths that stand either close to, or at some distance from the main circle. The purpose of the circles can not be fully understood, but the fact that some of the stones were used for astronomical purposes is beyond doubt as many align with the rising and setting of the sun at certain times of the year, while others would follow the course of the moon. Whatever the purpose of the circles and henges, their mystery and awesome presence makes them something special in our heritage.
PLEASE NOTE: This section of the site is primarily a collection of stone circles, although we do include standing stones and chamber cairns, these sites are highlighted in