NJ4803 : Tomnaverie Stone Circle

near to Tarland, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Tomnaverie Stone Circle
Tomnaverie Stone Circle
This shows the large recumbent stone and flankers on the south-west side of the circle. The view is towards Morven on the skyline.
Recumbent Stone Circles
Recumbent stone circles are almost unique to the farmlands of north-eastern Scotland. They are so called because in a south-western or south-eastern sector of the circle they include a long low stone wedged in position so that its upper surface is horizontal.

Depending on which information board you read, they date from the late 3rd millennium BC, or from between 4000 and 5000 years ago, which of course amounts to much the same thing. The recumbents are aligned to the rising or setting points of the Moon and may have been used for lunar observation.

The recumbent is flanked by the two tallest stones of the circle, and inside it there are usually two lower stones laid at right angles to the ends of the recumbent. It has been suggested, according to one information board, that the practice of placing the recumbent is related to the practice of blocking the entrance to chambered tombs, and that these two small stones are symbolic of such entrances. Another information board says that the purpose of the low stones is unknown.
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Thursday, 2 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 2 June, 2011
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Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 4864 0347 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:7.1570N 2:50.9879W
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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