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I had reason to go to Northumberland recently, and whilst there I revisited Duddo stone circle.

I just love this place. The circle was erected during the Bronze Age, and it is rarely visited. There are five stones now – once there were seven, but two sadly disappeared many many years ago.

In 1890 the circle was excavated and a pit in the centre was discovered – between six and eight feet across. Contained within the pit was charcoal and fragments of burnt bone hinting at a cremation. Later excavations found fragments of pottery suggesting perhaps a cremation vessel.

You cannot see the circle from the road – and the path to it is through a farmers field. Which must add to the isolation.

There are other ‘more important’ sites – but this one is wild, raw and untamed – no expensive visitors centre or tea rooms here.

Which is how it should be.

 

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