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Parkhouse Hill stone circle (Aikey Brae)

A Scheduled Monument in Central Buchan, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.514 / 57°30'50"N

Longitude: -2.0705 / 2°4'13"W

OS Eastings: 395877

OS Northings: 847088

OS Grid: NJ958470

Mapcode National: GBR P87V.XV8

Mapcode Global: WH9P0.5DBK

Entry Name: Parkhouse Hill stone circle (Aikey Brae)

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 8 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Old Deer

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Central Buchan

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a stone circle situated on the summit of Parkhouse Hill.

The monument is of the class of 'recumbent' stone circles, where there is a large recumbent stone between the two tallest upright stones. There are 5 stones still standing, including the recumbent stone itself, and a further 5 stones that have fallen. The stones are set on a bank of small stones and earth which is about 1.2m wide and appears to have had inner and outer stone kerbs. To the SW of the stone circle there are traces of a small stone-built enclosure, about 5m by 3.5m in size, built onto the outside of the bank.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter, 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 as a well preserved example of a distinctive regional type which has the potential to contribute significantly to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and religion.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NJ94NE4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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