An­cient stone cir­cle

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Re­minders of the is­land’s rich and var­ied past are ev­ery­where on Mann. Close to the sum­mit of Meayll Hill, to the south-west of Port Erin and its east­ern coun­ter­part Port St Mary, lies Meayll Cir­cle. Meayll is the Manx word for bald. Oc­cu­pied from Ne­olithic to me­dieval times, the 18ft (5.5m) di­am­e­ter ring of stone was built in 3500BC. It houses six pairs of burial cham­bers, each with an en­trance pas­sage­way. Arte­facts found here in­clude or­nate pot­tery sherds and flint tools, many of which are on dis­play at the Manx Mu­seum in Dou­glas. Also known as Mull Hill and cir­cle, the Manx name for the stone cir­cle is Lhi­aght ny Vir­ragh, or Cairn of the Pointed Rock. It has also been re­ferred to as Rhul­lick-y-lagg-Sh­lig­gagh, meaning Grave­yard of the Val­ley of Bro­ken Slates. This name is thought to have orig­i­nally re­ferred to nearby hut cir­cles.

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