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Corrstone Wood, stone circle

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.3321 / 57°19'55"N

Longitude: -2.8151 / 2°48'54"W

OS Eastings: 351021

OS Northings: 827134

OS Grid: NJ510271

Mapcode National: GBR M9DB.R44

Mapcode Global: WH7M4.QZN0

Entry Name: Corrstone Wood, stone circle

Scheduled Date: 17 August 1925

Last Amended: 29 November 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM15

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Auchindoir and Kearn

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a recumbent stone circle, lying in a small woodland situated on the summit of a hill at 230m OD, 220m to the west of Mains of Druminnor. It was first scheduled in 1925 and rescheduled in 1961. The monument is being rescheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.

The circle has been reduced to six stones, of which only one of the stones (the W) flanking the recumbent is still erect. The large recumbent stone on the SW has fallen in towards the centre of the circle, while the E flanker has fallen outwards. The other three stones are on the NW arc. The recumbent stone, which is broken, measures 4.1m in length by 0.65m in thickness and would have stood to a height of at least 2m. The W flanker measures 0.95m by 0.75m and 2.6m in height, while the fallen E flanker measures 2.5m in length. The largest of the three fallen stones on the NW measures up to 2.4m in length.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 35m in diameter, centred on the centre of 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

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a recumbent stone circle, a group of monuments unique to the north-east of Scotland. Although incomplete, the monument remains substantially intact, and has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area and to improve our understanding of regional variation in monument construction and ritual practice in prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ62NW 4.

References:

Burl H A W 1973a, 'THE RECUMBENT STONE CIRCLES OF NORTH-EAST SCOTLAND', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 102, 78.

Burl A 1976a, THE STONE CIRCLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES, London and New Haven, 351.

Coles F R 1902a, '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, 537-8.

ORDNANCE SURVEY (NAME BOOK), Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 41, 60.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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