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North Mains of Auchmaliddie, stone circle 500m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Central Buchan, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4938 / 57°29'37"N

Longitude: -2.1992 / 2°11'57"W

OS Eastings: 388156

OS Northings: 844856

OS Grid: NJ881448

Mapcode National: GBR N8XX.K65

Mapcode Global: WH9NY.6X02

Entry Name: North Mains of Auchmaliddie, stone circle 500m SW of

Scheduled Date: 8 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9392

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: New Deer

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Central Buchan

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a recumbent stone circle.

The monument is situated on top of a low hill at approximately 150m OD, immediately adjacent to a farm track and field boundary. There are 2 surviving stones, including the recumbent stone which measures 3m x 1.8m x 0.7m, and the possible west flanker, which is now fallen, and measures 2.5m x 1.3m x 0.7m. The stones are a very distinctive white quartz.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 30m in diameter centred on the surviving stones, to include the remains of the stone circle and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract. The top 30cm of the track and the fence on the SE are excluded from the scheduling to allow maintenance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a recumbent stone circle, a group of monuments unique to the north east of Scotland. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area. The monument is of particular interest because of the striking materials used in its construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 84 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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