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- n. one of various blocks of sandstone found in various locations in southern England.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the large sandstone blocks scattered over the English chalk downs; -- called also sarsen stone, and Druid stone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as Saracen (formerly used in a vague sense for foreigner).
- n. The name given in southwestern England to former inhabitants of the region, and especially to former workers of the tin-mines, the ancient piles of attle in Cornwall and Devon being designated as “Jews' pits,” “Jews' leavings,” “attal-Sarsen” or “-Saracen,” “remains of the Sarcens,” etc.
- n. [lowercase] Same as Saracen's stone (which see, under Saracen).
You may want to take a look at the interesting sarsen stones in front of the house (the same stones used to build part of Stonehenge).
Stonehenge's sarsen stones phase is likely just one of many from this later period of the monument's use and demonstrates that it was still very much a domain of the dead, Parker Pearson said in a statement.
Barbara Bender traces an elemental progression over time in the building of the monuments, from ditch banks of earth to chalk, to wood, and then to stone: both the relatively local sarsen and the bluestone from far away.
Leaving the pub, I venture out into this cathedral and notice the bob and swing of hand-held lanterns on the far side of a dark field punctuated with sarsen monoliths.
The mound eventually got covered by different layers of local material; clay, chalk, topsoil, turf and even some sarsen stones.
One of the sarsen stones is stained with copper oxide, and this fact has been taken to point to Stonehenge being erected somewhere in the Bronze Age -- that is, not longer ago than 2000 B.C. Excavations about twenty years ago brought to light a number of stone tools, fragments of pottery, coins and bones.
They were of hard concrete, from 4 to 5 feet deep and wide, and still carried fragments of the walls, about 2 feet 4 inches wide, of tufa, sarsen, and Roman brick.
That it is earlier than others is clear from the occurrence in some of them of chips from the sarsen stones.
Stonehenge is unique, in the fact of having its sarsen stones carefully though roughly worked; and also in the introduction of the horseshoe within the circles, in the design or plan of the building.
At the side of the pond there was a large, round sarsen-stone, and invariably on coming out of his bath Watch would jump upon it, and with his four feet drawn up close together would turn round and round, surveying the country from that elevation; then jumping down he would return in all haste to his duties.