stone circle

A stone circle is a prehistoric monument consisting of standing stones arranged in a circular or elliptical shape. These structures are found in various regions around the world, with notable examples in Europe, the British Isles, and Africa. Stone circles date back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages and served various purposes, including religious rituals, astronomical observations, and calendrical functions. The specific meanings and functions of stone circles vary across different cultures and regions, and some have been associated with burial sites or ceremonial centers. The construction of stone circles required careful planning and coordination by prehistoric societies, showcasing their understanding of astronomy and their reverence for the natural world. The alignment of stones with celestial events, such as solstices and equinoxes, suggests the significance of astronomical knowledge in ancient cultures.