Glassel

Four Poster? Stone Circle - Kincardineshire

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NO 64873 99646 (GPS 75min) Diameter 3.17m (meas.)*
Visited July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

Hidden away in a conifer plantation is the tiny, and enigmatic circle of Glassel. Sometimes described as a four poster, or four poster variant, Glassel has five stones standing at present. Although four of the stones stand at the corners of a rectangle, and the fifth is sometimes described as an outlier, this is not a totally convincing four poster. The "fifth" stone is as big as the other four, and is no farther from its closest neighbours as they are from theirs. As for this stone being arranged radially to the others, at least two of the "circle" stones display flat faces which are aligned parallel to the "outlier". 
Two small slabs lie flat at the north, close to the circle stones, one of granite and the other of sandstone, the origin of these stones is not clear. The circle was excavated in 1902, when charcoal and a flint flake were found.

*Average diagonal of "four poster" section.

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