heel stone


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heel stone

A stone at the bottom of a gate pier; used to mount the bottom hinge pin for the gate.
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The rising sun (weather permitting) will align itself with the Central Altar stone, the Slaughter Stone and Heel Stone.
An alternative interpretation (Parker Pearson's preference) is that the Heel stone is the monolith originally standing in stonehole 97, later being transferred to its present location (Pitts 2008b: 15) and surrounded by a ditch late in Stage 2 (Figure 5).
These include the Heel Stone, the Slaughter Stone, the Altar Stone and the four Station Stones.
Revellers clad in antlers, black cloaks and oak leaves gathered at the Heel stone - a twisted, pockmarked pillar at the edge of the monument - to welcome the rising sun.
Revellers clad in antlers, black cloaks and oak leaves gathered at the Heel stone, a twisted, pockmarked pillar at the edge of the prehistoric monument, to welcome the rising sun.
When the sun appears over the Heel Stone, strange sights have been known to unfold.
When the sun appeared over the Heel Stone, strange sights unfolded - with some people cavorting naked, while others shout, chant, or sit in quiet contemplation.
The sight of the sun breaking through trees on the horizon over the Heel Stone was met with a deafening chorus of drums, whistles, whoops and shrieks and an increase in volume from the gathered Samba-style bands.
If the sky is clear, the first rays of the rising sun fall upon the Heel Stone, cast centrally down the avenue leading to the inner stone circle, then cut precisely through the middle lintel and light up the Altar Stone, on which human sacrifices were once offered.
Cheers rung out across Salisbury Plain as the sun rose over the heel stone at 04.
On the morning of June 21 the sun shines directly onto the stone called the Heel Stone which has special meaning for pagan groups who gather at Stonehenge.
qThe prehistoric Heel Stone circle in Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, is the long-established venue for ancient rituals involving robed Druid priests, some bearing swords, who greet the sun as it rises above the stones.