Old Bourtreebush

Recumbent Stone Circle - Kincardineshire

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NO 903 961 (Pub.) Diameter 26m approx. (Pub.)
Visited Aug 1987

There is some doubt about the status of Old Bourtreebush, there is a large 3.5m long stone that could have been a recumbent, but this lies at ESE and it could equally have been used as a standing circle stone, also the height grading of the circle stones is wrong. There were four stones still standing when we visited the site in 1987, all are large and and between 1.2m to 2.9m tall, one stone has a rather strange shape, whether this is natural or not is unknown. The circle stands on an obvious raised platform and the surface is strewn with small boulders. We could not see any kerbs or other evidence of an internal ring-cairn besides the "rubble" inside the circle. So, Old Bourtreebush remains a puzzle, was it a plain ring? a damaged and re-erected recumbent circle? or some unique type not seen anywhere else?

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