The circle, which is located in southwest Shropshire, was comprised of a great number of stones, many of which are now fallen or have gone missing. Some of them are as small as 10 inches in height, while others are taller than 6 feet.
It is believed there may have been approximately 30 stones that made up Mitchell’s Fold, but the exact number is unknown.
A dramatic night sky aligns with the center stone of the Mitchell’s Fold stone circle in southwest Shropshire, September 27, 2020. (Credit: SWNS)
The true history of Mitchell’s Fold is not known, but the Bronze Age era-structure has a legendary tale to go along with it.
During a great famine, a fairy supposedly gave a magic cow an endless supply of milk. One night, a witch milked the cow into a sieve, before the cow eventually realized what the witch was doing. Legend states the witch was turned into a stone and the circle was erected to capture the witch.
The Bronze Age, which lasted between 3,000 B.C. and 1,200 B.C., continues to reveal its secrets. In 2017, archaeologists discovered a Bronze Age cemetery at a ritual site on the Welsh island of Anglesey.
In September 2018, a 3,500-year-old bronze hand decorated with a gold cuff was unearthed in Switzerland, leading some to theorize it may be the earliest known metal prosthetic.
A strange prehistoric forest was revealed on a Welsh beach in the aftermath of Storm Hannah in May 2019.
In May 2019, researchers used genetic testing to reveal that a mass Bronze Age-era grave found in Poland was comprised of members of the same family.