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Inschfield, stone circle 300m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in West Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.3531 / 57°21'11"N

Longitude: -2.6277 / 2°37'39"W

OS Eastings: 362326

OS Northings: 829355

OS Grid: NJ623293

Mapcode National: GBR M9W9.0XL

Mapcode Global: WH8NC.LFXW

Entry Name: Inschfield, stone circle 300m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 9 October 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM25

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 was first scheduled in 1925. The present rescheduling has been prompted by the recommendations of a monument warden visit, to extend protection to cover the whole of the archaeologically sensitive area.

The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle of prehistoric date of which only 3 stones survive; the recumbent, 13ft 5" (4.1m) long and partly fallen; the E pillar about 10ft high; and a standing stone about 4' 10" (1.47m) high in the NE arc. Six stones are shown on the OS 25" map of 1868, giving a diameter of about 90ft (27.4m). Stone settings of this type are characteristic of the Neolithic.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 40m in diameter centred on the centre of the circle, 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 62 NW 6.


Coles, F R, 1902, 'Report on stone circles in Aberdeenshire (Inverurie, Eastern Parishes, and Insch Districts), with measured plans and drawings, obtained under the Gunning Fellowship', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 36, 547-9, Fig. 63-5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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