Thursday 15 January 2015

Altar Stone

A sandstone block within the inner horseshoe of stones at Stonehenge, which today lies underneath the fallen upright of the tallest trilithon.
The Altar Stone is of a different geology to all the other stones, being calcareous sandstone, probably from south Wales. We do not know whether it once stood upright or was always horizontal. The 17th-century architect Inigo Jones seems to have been the first to call it the Altar Stone.