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Stonehead, stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in West Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.3471 / 57°20'49"N

Longitude: -2.6646 / 2°39'52"W

OS Eastings: 360098

OS Northings: 828706

OS Grid: NJ600287

Mapcode National: GBR M9S9.G0N

Mapcode Global: WH8NC.1LDH

Entry Name: Stonehead, stone circle

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 28 February 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM47

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Insch

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: West Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a recumbent stone circle.

The only visible features are the massive recumbent stone and its two flanking pillars. The remains of the stone circle and archaeological features associated with it are likely to lie to the NE and, to some extent, to the SW.

The area to be scheduled, to include the visible stones, and an area around in which other features associated with the construction and use of the circle may survive, measures 50m in diameter, as marked in red on the attached map. This is an increase in area over that previously scheduled, which did not include all of the archaeologically important area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the strikingly massive remains of a recumbent stone circle. Stone sockets, pits and other features associated with the monument almost certainly survive in the area; the monument therefore has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of this important, regionally restricted monument type.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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