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Upper Corskie,stone circle and Pictish symbols 530m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Westhill and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.1765 / 57°10'35"N

Longitude: -2.418 / 2°25'4"W

OS Eastings: 374827

OS Northings: 809597

OS Grid: NJ748095

Mapcode National: GBR X6.KQY7

Mapcode Global: WH8P7.TWS9

Entry Name: Upper Corskie,stone circle and Pictish symbols 530m SE of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6075

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: symbol stone; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Cluny

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Westhill and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle of the prehistoric period, probably of the Later Neolithic or Bronze Age, with later, Pictish symbols incised upon one stone. It stands on the slope to the N of the Corskie Burn.

Two unusually massive standing stones remain of the circle. Both are of granite and they stand about 3.0m apart and with their long axes aligned E-W.

The E stone stands 2.1m high, and measures 1.8m long and 0.6m wide. The W stone stands 3.0m high, and measures 1.5m long and 0.9m wide. The W stone has two cupmarks, one each on the S & W faces, which are probably contemporary with their erection as part of a stone circle. The W stone also has later Pictish symbols incised on its S face; a "mirror" and a "comb" to the right and a "mirror case" to the left. The symbols have been weathered and are only clearly seen in a strong side light.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter centred on the remains of the stone circle to include the stone circle as described above and an area around and between the two standing stones in which further remains associated with the construction and use of the stone circle may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a stone circle, with unusually massive standing stones, one of which is cupmarked. It is of particular interest because Pictish symbols were incised upon it at a later date, and these are not often found in their original location. Although the stone circle is incomplete the monument has the potential to increase our knowledge of the ceremonial practice and social organisation of the prehistoric population, particularly as the stone circle is one of the group of broadly contemporary stone circles and other remains which survive in the vicinity and which are probably related.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 70 NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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