Prehistoric Standing Stone with magnificent views.
Just on the eastern field boundary where the Shanzie Souterrain lies, on the other side of the hedge, is a wide grassy path leading steeply up to this spectacularly positioned standing stone.
A ridgy block of rough red sandstone it rises 4’10” above ground with a basal girth of 10′ 2″. Its longer axis points S. 18° W. and N. 18° E., and its broad face measures 4 feet 6 inches. You can access it over a small stile.
It is thought that the stone might have been part of a stone circle as other large upright stones have been built into part the stone dyke to the east. It has also been noted the stone lies in an ESE alignment to the Bruceton and Philpie Stones.
The path is steep but well worth it as the views from the stone are wonderful!
These 'Menhir's' (from Brittonic languages: maen or men, "stone" and hir or hîr, "long"), typically date from the European middle Bronze Age. They can be found individually as monoliths, or as part of a group of similar stones and their size can vary considerably, but often taper toward the top.
Why Menhirs were erected has provoked more debate than practically any other issue in European pre-history. One view suggests that they were aligned to astronomical events and that the landscapes on which the stones were set were specifically chosen to show the most extreme rising and setting points of the Sun and Moon. Even if the landscape was mainly flat, people still looked for mountains or hills so they could see the most interesting Sun or Moon movements.