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Gaval, standing stone 250m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Central Buchan, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5537 / 57°33'13"N

Longitude: -2.0341 / 2°2'2"W

OS Eastings: 398055

OS Northings: 851509

OS Grid: NJ980515

Mapcode National: GBR P8BR.NS9

Mapcode Global: WH9NT.QDKM

Entry Name: Gaval, standing stone 250m SW of

Scheduled Date: 31 August 1925

Last Amended: 7 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM72

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Old Deer

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Central Buchan

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a standing stone located on an E-facing hillslope 250m SW of Gaval and originally scheduled in 1925. As only the stone appears to be scheduled, this is a rescheduling to afford protection to the stone and also to the area immediately around it, which may contain associated remains.

The standing stone is 1.5m high and 1m wide, and is triangular in form with a straight face towards the NE. However, records indicate that this is all that remains of a recumbent stone circle described as 'pretty complete' in the mid-19th century. The monument relates to ritual activity of Neolithic or Bronze Age date.

The area to be scheduled is a circle measuring 20m in diameter centred on the standing stone, and including an area around it in which traces of activities associated with the erection and use of the stone may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a site which has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


No Bibliography entries for this designation

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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