Aikey Brae

Recumbent Stone Circle - Aberdeenshire

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NJ 95882 47082 (GPS 59min) Diameter 14.6x12.6m (meas.)
Visited Aug 1987/ July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

Aikey Brae is 12.6m in diameter measured from the face of the recumbent, and 14.6m at right angles to this axis. Of an estimated 11 original stones, only the recumbent, the eastern flanker, and an arc of three stones at the NW are still standing. The 4.5m recumbent is massive at an estimated 21 tons and has an unusual shape, the western end being raised like the prow of a ship. Unusually for an RSC, there were no signs of an internal cairn on excavation, also this is the only RSC to lack a central deposit of cremated bone. Although ruinous this circle is well worth a visit, the landowner has provided excellent access, the route across the field is fenced against livestock, and the winding path through a conifer plantation is picked out with edge stones.

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