Soussons

Stone Circle - Devon

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SX 67513 78701 (GPS 34min) Diameter 8.2m NS x 8.5m EW (meas.) 
Visits - June 2000 No magnetic anomalies

The little ring at Soussons stands by the road in a clearing in a conifer plantation. The stones here are all small, the tallest is at the SSW and is only about 0.7m tall, several rise only a few cm above the surface. We counted 22 stones in the ring and one lying inside the circle at the WSW, it was not clear if this was a displaced circle stone or protruding cairn material. As can be seen in the foreground of the above photo, there is a gap in the SW arc of the ring, it has been suggested that this may have been an intentional entrance, and not the result of stone removal. Several of the circle stones stand on their long edges like kerbs, and indeed, Soussons still contains the remains of the cairn that once rose in its interior. Much of the cairn has been removed over the ages, but two side slabs of the cist it contained can be seen in the central hollow, these are about 1.5m long and lie SSE-NNW.
If you visit Soussons in the summertime, be prepared to take on its guardians. The whole time we were there, we were attacked by a huge swarm of tiny flies. These little devils had a nasty bite and were completely indifferent to insect repellent, they got inside clothing, ears, and camera interiors. You can even see some of them in the sky area of our sunset photo.

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