Ardlair

Recumbent Stone Circle - Aberdeenshire

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NJ55278 27942 (GPS 60min) Diameter 11.6m (Pub.)
Visited Aug 1987 / July 1999 Magnetic anomalies found

Ardlair is in a sorry state, apart from the recumbent and flankers, only one other stone remains erect. Constructed on a platform, the stones of Ardlair are of granite, thought to come from the Correen Hills, a distance of about 4 miles. The internal space of the circle is filled with a haphazard pile of stone debris, which from their shape and size, are probably not the remains of the internal ring-cairn. The bottom of the recumbent is visible, supported on several small stones, and it is quite flat, this is in contrast to the top edge which shows a pointed middle section, it is not known if this was the original orientation of the stone.

Magnetic anomalies were found on the western flanker, a 100mm wide strip running vertically down the centre of the outer face of the stone has strong North polarity, while a weaker South polarity was observed in a vertical 250mm wide strip on the inner face of the stone. The magnetic plane was also accessible on the top of the stone, a compass readily showing the polarity shift from inner to outer face.

 

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