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North Strone, stone circle 200m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2139 / 57°12'50"N

Longitude: -2.6897 / 2°41'22"W

OS Eastings: 358443

OS Northings: 813898

OS Grid: NJ584138

Mapcode National: GBR M9QN.GKK

Mapcode Global: WH7MS.NYF2

Entry Name: North Strone, stone circle 200m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 21 August 1925

Last Amended: 28 February 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM39

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Alford

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the North Strone recumbent stone circle, some 4500 years old, which is situated at the NE end of the broad summit ridge of Strone Hill. The monument was first scheduled in 1925, but the present rescheduling provides an accurate map for the first time.

The circle comprises at least 19 stones set on the inner edge of a stony bank 1.25m across and 0.25m high, measuring 22m across overall. Five stones appear to be in their original positions, including the eastern flanking stone of the recumbent. The recumbent, which lies on the S side of the circle, may be in its original position but may have toppled into the circle. The other stones have fallen.

The area to be scheduled measures 40m in diameter, centred on the circle, to include the visible features of the monument and other features associated with the construction and use of the circle, which may lie in the immediate vicinity, as marked in red in the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of its type, which has the potential to considerably enhance our understanding of late Neolithic ceremonial and society in NE Scotland. Although most of the stones have fallen the stony bank and the interior appear to be undisturbed. The monument is of particular interest because of the unusually small size of all the stones, including the recumbent stone.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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