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ATHGREANY STONE CIRCLE
( THE PIPER'S STONES )
ATHGREANY STONE CIRCLE, COUNTY WICKLOW
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PHOTO by Pip POWELL
2008
More commonly known as "The Piper's Stones", this stone circle has 14 granite      
boulders, 23m internal diameter at the north end of a small steep ridge. Only 5 of the     
stones are in situ and of the others,5 are prostrate and 4 remaining are displaced. The
stones in situ vary in height from 1.92m - 1.3m and the pair at the NE,which face the
outlier known as 'The Piper' 40m further NE,mark the entrance. The outlier lies NE
downslope and is a large glacial erratic measuring 1.95m in height and about 2.9m in
circumference. While it is a natural feature,it did form part of an integral part of the
site and crossing the top of the stone at right angles,are two well defined grooves.           
Stone circles like this one,which was built in the late
Bronze Age  (1,400-800 BC), were
typical of those built in the eastern part of the country. This circle gets its name from
the legend of the piper ( represented by the large
outlier ) and the dancers ( the other
stones ) who were turned into stone having entertained themselves on a sacred day.
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