NJ7112 : Castle Fraser Recumbent Stone Circle (3)

taken 2 years ago, near to Craigearn, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Castle Fraser Recumbent Stone Circle (3)
Castle Fraser Recumbent Stone Circle (3)
This is possibly the best example of all the surviving recumbent settings, because of the shape of the recumbent, the height of the flankers and the absence of trees casting shadows over the stones. See LinkExternal link for more details. NJ7112 : Castle Fraser Recumbent Stone Circle (4)
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.

For a more detailed, and organised, article see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 18 February, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 20 February, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 7149 1252 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:12.1540N 2:28.4106W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 7148 1252
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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