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Sheldon, stone circle 180m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Formartine, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.3147 / 57°18'52"N

Longitude: -2.2956 / 2°17'44"W

OS Eastings: 382291

OS Northings: 824943

OS Grid: NJ822249

Mapcode National: GBR N9PD.31Z

Mapcode Global: WH8NQ.QD1T

Entry Name: Sheldon, stone circle 180m N of

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 26 November 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM45

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Bourtie

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mid Formartine

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a stone circle of prehistoric date, which lies on top of a rise in an arable field and measures approximately 27m in diameter. The stone circle was last scheduled in 1961, and is being rescheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The monument is sited on a knoll at an altitude of 180m OD and commands a view in all directions. The circle consists of six stones each between 1.5 and 1.8m in height, while a seventh stone, c.2.4m in height, lies approximately 20m to the E. The monument is about the correct size for a recumbent stone circle, but no recumbent exists today and the stones are not graded in size.

The area to be scheduled is a polygon measuring c.70m NW-SE by 50m NE-SW at its widest points, centred on the circle. It includes 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


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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