During The Neolithic period people settled in the Eden Valley and The Westmorland Fell country. There is evidence of dwellings in the form of drystone enclosures such as The Princess’s Enclosure and the Neolithic Fort on Orton Scar. Fells in the nearby Lake Distict were likely considered sacred, there was a major serpentine avenue in nearby Shap and monuments such as those on Iron Hill and Oddendale were aligned to Saddleback Fell (Blencathra.) It seems the Gaythorne circle is aligned with Gamelands Great Circle and Fiend’s Fell in the Penines.
Relatively few people still hunted and gathered rich supplies of food from the Eden, Lune, Lowther and Lyvennet rivers and local marshes such as Eel mires and Red mires in Maulds Meaburn, and tarns such as Sunbiggin Tarn and Winter Tarn.
In addition it is likely that grain crops were raised in the fertile soil and the grain milled by hand using limestone Quern stones. People very much like us dressed in the skins of deer and used finely flaked tools of local chert and flint brought in from other areas. At least one hand axe was made out of local hard limestone it can be viewed at Crosby Ravensworth Parish Archive.
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