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ARTHUR'S STONE - A STONE AGE BURIAL MOUND
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At a little under thirty miles from Ross-on-Wye by road, Arthur's Stone, Herefordshire is situated in Dorstone, not too far from the town of Hay on Wye.

Arthur's Stone, is a burial chamber of the 'multi-chamber' variety of the Neolithic Period and dates somewhere between approximately 3700 to 2700 BC. The 'Neolithic Period' or 'New Stone Age' was the period of time during which people had begun to live in small communities and farm the land but had not yet discovered the use of metal. Tombs like this were used to bury the dead from such communities and many spanned the generations. With only simple stone tools available, the raising of the roof on Arthur's Stone must have been a considerable feat! The mound which once covered the tomb has now largely eroded away. The roof has partially collapsed and some of the stones were removed during the 19th Century.

The tomb is named Arthur's Stone because, according to folklore, it marks the spot of one of King Arthur's battles. This legend however dates from thousands of years after the stone tomb was erected.

Arthur's Stone can be located at National Grid Reference: SO 319 / 431.

The film above shows some of the magical / spiritual places in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Beginning with a visit to Arthur's Stone, a Neolithic burial mound in Dorstone, Herefordshire (not far from Hay-on-Wye) it then moves on to Trellech to show Harold's Stones, Tump Turret and the Virtuous Well before moving on again to the Queen Stone, the Staunton Longstone and finally May Hill. I shot the footage for this latest in the 'Wyenot' series of short films over the month of May and the first two days of June 2009.

Two other people appear in the film. Dr Keith Ray MBE, the County Archaeologist talks about Arthur's Stone. Also at Arthur's Stone you may notice a young lady sitting near the stone. I don't know her name. She was a nice young lady from near Peterchurch whom I met whilst filming and have since affectionately named, 'The X-Files Lady' as our conversation was about UFO sightings at sacred places such as Arthur's Stone and Warminster.

A view of Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
The moon rises over Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
A view of Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
A silhouette, looking South West at Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.

Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
A view of Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
A view of Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
A view of Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
The entrance is to the rear of the tomb.
A view of Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire.
Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, Herefordshire - the false entrance stone.

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