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Mill of Noth, standing stones 150m ENE of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.338 / 57°20'16"N

Longitude: -2.8264 / 2°49'35"W

OS Eastings: 350349

OS Northings: 827800

OS Grid: NJ503278

Mapcode National: GBR M9CB.CXT

Mapcode Global: WH7M4.KT9H

Entry Name: Mill of Noth, standing stones 150m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 4 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM33

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Rhynie

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

Description

The monument comprises two standing stones of prehistoric date, visible as upstanding stones. The monument probably relates to ritual activity of Neolithic or Bronze Age date. The monument was last scheduled in 1960. It is being rescheduled in order to clarify the extent of the scheduled area.

The monument is situated within pasture on a gravel terrace on the S side of the Burn of Easaiche, at about 170m OD. The standing stones stand about 3.8m apart and are set on an axis aligned roughly E-W. The eastern stone measures c.0.7m by 0.5m at its base and stands 1.95m in height. The western stone measures 0.67m by 0.34m at its base and also stands 1.95m in height. The orientation of these stones makes it impossible for them to have been on the SW arc of a circle and, therefore, they are unlikely ever to have been part of a recumbent stone circle.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It comprises two interconnecting circles, each 20m in diameter and centred on the two standing stones, forming a combined area around the stones measuring 24m ESE-WNW by 20m NNE-SSW, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS - NJ52NW 3

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., 36, 1901-2, 565.

Name Book (County) () Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey Book No. 78, 146.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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