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The “Friar's Heel” or “Sun Stone.”

Abstract

IN an old number of Notes and Queries (4, v. 598) E. Dunkin asks “why the Friar's Heel at Stonehenge is so named,” and the only answer I can find in the bibliography of Stonehenge (Wilts Archaeological Magazine, vol. xxxii.) is as follows:—“It may have been called the Heel stone,” observes Prof. Flinders Petrie, “from A.S. helan, to hide or conceal, just as a cromlech at Portisham, Dorset, is called the ‘Hel-stone.’”

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