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Stanton Drew

40 41 SToney liTTleTon and other local sites If you are visiting Stanton Drew then nine miles to the southeast is another Neolithic site well worth a look. Archaeologist James Dyer describes the Stoney Littleton long barrow as the most notable chambered longbarrow in southwestern England. Located at Wellow near Bath, Stoney Littleton has seven individual chambers, with the central passage orientated to capture the rising sun at the Winter Solstice. Superbly positioned with a high vantage point over the surrounding countryside, its atmosphere, particularly at the time of the full moon, can only be described as electric. About 30m 98.4ft in length and 15m 49.2ft wide at the southeast end, it stands nearly 3m 9.84ft high. There is a horned entrance with a fossilised ammonite cast on the western doorjamb clearly visible in Dan Goodfellows drawing, right, while the entrance leads to a gallery 16m 52.5ft long, but only 1m 3.28ft high. Several long barrows are also found near Stanton Drew, in the nearby Mendip Hills. The Fairy Toot or Tit because of its mammary shape may have been named after Thoth, whose name it is thought was pronounced Tot. Although now mostly destroyed, this could have been a moot place where the clans congregated. Other sites of interest include the Priddy henges and barrows up on the Mendip hills next page, the Pen Hill long barrow, just north of Wells, and the Deerleap stones near Ebbor Gorge. Old OS maps show a landscape full of ancient sites in the Somerset and Avon landscape, suggesting this was a well populated and thriving area.
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