NJ4803 : Tomnaverie Stone Circle

near to Tarland, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Tomnaverie Stone Circle
Tomnaverie Stone Circle
This is my best attempt at getting the whole width of the circle in view, but it still doesn't take in the left and right curves including the largest stones. Mortlich (381 metres) at left and Balnagowan Hill (262 metres) and Craig Dhu (298 metres) at right. In the far distance is a glimpse of the Forest of Birse including Clachnaben.
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.

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.

The rest of the stones in the circle, technically referred to as orthostats, are usually graded in height, the tallest being closest to the recumbent, and each one lower than its neighbour until the lowest stone, diametrically opposite the recumbent.

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Thursday, 2 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 2 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 4865 0347 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:7.1571N 2:50.9780W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 4864 0348
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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