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Woodlands Knowlton. Knowlton Circles This particular area consists of 3 circular earthworks forming a line of henge monuments. The largest is the Southern circle which is 244 metres in diameter and lies either side of a minor road. The central circle is best defined and in the custody of the Department of the Environment. It measures 96 metres in diameter with a 12th Century church standing at the centre. The Northern circle is in fact a D-Shaped plan and measures 84 metres across and is not accessible. It is thought that this area of the country was a religious or energy centre during the late Neolithic and early Bronze age.

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Kingstone Russell. Little Bredy Stone Circle on Tenants Hill This circle stands one-and-a-half miles S.S.E. of Long Bredy and is a plain but flattened circle measuring 27.7 by 20.6 metres in diameter and is ruined but recognisable. It consists of 18 stones. The longest stone is to the North and is entirely fallen. All the stones are recumbent although one was still standing at the beginning of the 19th Century. The site is dated to around 2200-1400 BC.

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Portesham. Hampton Stone Circle This stone circle is ruined but recognisable. It measures 7.6 by 6.1 metres in diameter. This Saracen (sandstone) circle demonstrates why excavation, confirmation and dating of circles is imperative, for in 1939 it was reported that there was only 16 stones in a ring measuring 10.7 metres across. When it was further examined in 1964 there were 28 stones reported. During excavation not only were the number of stones found to be wrong but the original prehistoric ring actually stood to the West where there was now a hedge. Why was it moved? The original ring was oval and measured 7.6 by 6.1 metres in diameter and consisted of 8 or maybe 9 stones. This site is dated to around 2200-1400 BC.

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Winterborne Abbas. "Ninestones" about 5 miles outside Dorchester This is a very small stone circle and is surrounded by an iron fence. It comprises of 9 Saracen stones of which the largest is nearly 2 metres high. Reports in the last century suggest that the large gap on the North side was the home of a tenth stone. It measures 8.5 metres in diameter and is thought to date to around 2200-1400 BC. It is believed that a second stone circle once stood in the same vicinity although it is now totally destroyed with no recorded measurements or description.

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West Knighton. At Little Mayne Farm Now destroyed, with no known recorded measurements having been made of this circle. Although it is thought there may have been 2 stone avenues at this particular site. Does not appear on O/S maps. SY.870810 Lulworth This stone circle is now destroyed but believed to have been a plain ring, there are no recorded measurements. It does not appear on O/S maps, and should also be noted that this grid reference is shown as a "Danger Area" on O/S maps.

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Corfe Castle. Rempstone Stone Circle This stone circle has a recorded measurement of 24.4 by 20.7 metres in diameter and is oval in shape. In 1957 a stone avenue was discovered during deep ploughing about half a mile West of the circle. It is thought this avenue may have been linked to this particular stone circle. This circle consists of 8 stones made of local sandstone, 5 of which are still standing, it is thought to date to around 2200-1400.