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The Three Kings four poster stone circle and round cairn (Rochester and Byrness)

This prehistoric stone circle is made up of four blocks of sandstone and is known as a four poster stone circle. Each stone stands about 1.4m high and they form a circle about 4.2m in diameter. Until 1971, when the site was partly excavated, one of the stones lay sideways on the ground. Excavation discovered a stone hole for this stone and its has now been re-erected. The excavators also found remains of a Bronze Age round cairn in the centre of the stone circle. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N58
Historical period: Bronze Age (2600BC to 700BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):EXCAVATION, Excavation of Three Kings Stone Circle 1971; Kingston-upon-Hull College of Education
TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Archaeological survey and monitoring at the Three Kings Stone Circle, Northumberland for the Forestry Commission 1994; Northern Archaeological Associates

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness


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