Setting large stones upright is one of the features of the
megalithic culture which flourished in Britain in the late Neolithic
and Early Bronze Age. Standing stones can occur singly or in
pairs, and are often associated with other megalithic sites,
particularly stone circles.
They seem to have played an important role in the ceremonial and
ritual life of the times, and may have served a variety of purposes,
perhaps as memorial stones or grave markers, way markers or
territorial boundary stones.