The future location of the sarsen stone in the roadside verge on the Maultway has been a concern for many people, as the viewing figures on this blog have attested.
I’m delighted that Archaeologist commented on this blog, with,
A response from Surrey County Council has informed me that there is an archaeological team at the site, who will examine the stone prior to and during being moved and, as already noted, given that it is of interest and importance to the local community it will be retained nearby.
It seems that expert advice is that the stone will be retained nearby. Hopefully again in a new position by the roadside verge. All this got me wondering about how the stone got to be here, and similar ones in our borough. I’ve located some sources of information that might be of interest to readers, some quite detailed too.
It’s widely accepted that the moraines of ice sheets and glaciers in the last ice-age – between 11,000 to 115,000 years ago – are a probable source. A moraine is the debris, consisting of large boulders to small particles, pushed to the front and sides of glaciers.
The extent of the ice sheet over the UK in the last ice age appears to be open to academic debate. So, it may be that as the ice sheet melted, melt water carried the stones to us.
Here’s more information about the subject
- Ice Age Maps showing the extent of the ice sheets over the UK some 11,000 years ago. See the maps below, taken from Don’s Maps website.
- A BBC report about an Anglesey beach where Ice Age evidence [has been] bulldozed from Lleiniog beach. The report says “Huge boulders dating back to the end of the last Ice Age were moved as flood relief work was carried out on Lleiniog beach at Llangoed”.
- An extensive paper by Ian West on the Southampton University website about Erratics and Sarsen Stones of the Wessex Coast, and adjacent lands.