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Recumbent Stone Circle - Aberdeenshire

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NJ71580 05703 (GPS 42min) Diameter 22.7m (meas.)
Visited Aug 1987/ July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

This is one of our favourite recumbent circles, situated in its own grove of trees the site has a special ambience. The circle stones and flankers are of red granite and gneiss, the 4.5m long, heavily cupmarked recumbent is of grey granite, it has fallen and is broken. The present position of the recumbent seems to suggest that the stone has fallen into the circle, meaning that the cupmarkings would have originally have been at the base of the stone facing outwards. This does not fit with the positions of markings on other recumbent stones, also the flat edge of the stone would have been the base instead of the top. There have been suggestions that the circle has been the subject to some reconstruction, perhaps this could explain the situation of the recumbent. The circle has an internal ring cairn with a kerbed internal space 2.4m across, this was found to contain eight deposits of cremated bone when excavated in 1865.  

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