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Ballahot Standing Stone

Ballahot Farm, Cross Four Ways, was the place to be on Sunday afternoon, when nearly 200 people came to raise a stone using the same techniques employed thousands of years ago.
Organised by Manx National Heritage in conjunction with Bournemouth University, the event was one of dozens taking place throughout the British Isles as part of a scheme - National Archaeology Day - arranged by the Council for British Archaeology.
Visitors were greeted by Professor Tim Darvill, director of the archaeological excavations at Billown, who explained how and why Bronze Age people raised stones as monuments in the landscape.

"We knew that a stone had previously stood in this area, because the broken fragments are still on the surface. We located the exact position using geophysical survey, and excavated the actual slot that the original stone stood in. What was really unexpected was that the limestone bedrock is very close to the surface, and the slot for the stone is actually cut into it."

Latitude: 54.096800N Longitude: 4.644016W

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