Sheldon

Stone Circle - Aberdeenshire

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NJ 82283 24945 (GPS 30min) Diameter 32.9m (Pub.)
Visited Aug 1987/ July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

Sheldon lies about 200m from the road, in a field which was a pasture during our 1987 visit, and a cabbage patch in 1999. There are six large stones still standing, plus an equally large outlier close by at the east. The circle appears to be built on a raised platform, and the outlier stands at the end of a peninsula extension of this platform. The stones do not appear to be height graded, and there is no sign of a recumbent or possible flankers, but there are the remains of what could be a ring-cairn in the interior. Unless the requisite stones have been selectively removed, this does not seem to be a recumbent circle, Burl speculates that Sheldon could be a Clava-type circle.

The published diameter for Sheldon is 32.9m, our notes show 23m, with such a big difference, and the chance that we may have spoonerised the number in the notes, we only show the published figure above. If anyone else has an independently measured diameter for Sheldon, we would be interested to see if we have made a mistake!

 

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