Glenhead stone row near Dunblane in Scotland
As well as providing information on the many individual stone alignments the Stone Rows of Great Britain web site will be home to an ever increasing number of research articles. Individual articles on different aspects of stone alignments will be forthcoming and will be designed to provide a focus for stone alignment research and ideas. Readers are welcome to provide constructive substantiated feedback and encouraged to make contact via the contact page.
The following general research articles are currently available:
Building a Typology
Using length, type, number and height of stones this series of articles looks at groups of similar stone rows in an attempt to enhance our understanding.
Dartmoor Geospatial Study
An examination of the distribution of stone rows, cairns, stone circles, prehistoric settlements and field systems on Dartmoor. This work had identified possible territorial differences between different types of row.
A review of the dating evidence for stone rows.
Distribution and Characterisation
An examination of the distribution and character of all stone alignments in Great Britain.
Distribution of single stone rows
Looking at the distribution of different forms of single stone rows.
Distribution of double stone rows
Looking at the distribution of different forms of double stone rows.
Distribution of triple stone rows
Looking at the distribution of different forms of triple stone rows.
Distribution of multiple stone rows
Looking at the distribution of different forms of multiple stone rows.
What was the purpose of stone rows? This page looks at the evidence and suggests possible explanations.
The Longstone and Avenue on Piles Hill Dartmoor, Devon
by John Aylett
A guest article from John Aylett looking at visual and astronomical relationships at Piles Hill
Looking at: the length of the rows
An overview of the different row lengths found in the various types of stone alignment.
Looking at: The number of stones
An overview of the numbers of stones found within the different types of stone alignment.
Looking at: the size of stones
An overview of the size of stones found within the different types of stone alignment.
Looking at Plan Form
An overview of stone row survey plans.
An examination of the megalithic stone rows in Great Britain. This work reveals considerable differences between the north and south.
An examination of the minilithic stone rows in Great Britain. This work reveals that minilithic rows are found in different areas to the megalithic rows.
Nearest Neighbour Analysis
Analysis of the stone row distribution pattern reveals significant differences.
An examination of the current designation status of stone rows in Great Britain.
Sinuous stone rows
This article examines the sinuous form of the longer stone rows.
Stone Row Associations
Most stone rows are associated with broadly contemporary archaeological sites. This article has a brief look at the evidence.
Stone Row Clusters
A look at those rows which are found close together in groups.
Stone Row Interpretation and Identification
The interpretation and identification of stone rows can often be problematic. This article looks at some these problems and presents six different levels of interpretative certainty.
Stone Rows Plans
A Google Map showing the position of the individual stones.
Stone Rows in their Landscape
An introduction to the evidence regarding visual links between stone rows and the landscape in which they were erected.
A brief examination of the cairns found at the end of some stone rows.
Views along the row to a landmark
Looking at the rows which point towards a landmark.
Reveals along the row to a landmark formed by the row being built across the limit of visibility
Exploring the rows which point towards a landmark which is visible only along part of the rows length.
Restricted views of landmarks or significant places
An examination of those rows with restricted views of landmarks or significant places.
Reveals formed by the row being built across the limit of visibility to a landmark or significant place
Looking at those rows with landmark reveals along their length.
Looking at the large number of stone rows with sea views.
Sea View Reveals
Looking at the stone rows built across the limit of visibility to the sea.
Looking at the stone rows with a promontory view.
Restricted Landscape Views
A look at stone rows with distant but restricted views of the landscape.
Stone Row Orientations
The orientations of stone rows varies considerably. This article presents the evidence and looks at how orientation varies relative to a number of row characteristics.
Stone Row Variability
There seems to be an endless variety in the form of stone rows. This article uses standard deviation statistics to examine variations in the row form and character.