NS5380 : Duntreath Standing Stones

taken 8 years ago, near to Netherton, Stirling, Great Britain

Duntreath Standing Stones
Duntreath Standing Stones
The line of stones shown here is located at the high point of a field, not far from the West Highland Way (the tops of these stones can be seen on the skyline from the adjacent section of that route). The hill that is prominent in the background is Dumgoyach.

An accessible account of the site is given in section 20 of "Archaeology Around Glasgow" (Susan Hothersall, 2007). It is noted there that stone rows are known from the Bronze Age, but that excavation of this particular site suggested a Neolithic date instead (one of the stones, though, was only placed in this row in recent times).

However, the only artefacts recovered were "some flakes of jasper and pitchstone of a type usually associated with Mesolithic times (8000-4000 BC), so perhaps this was a special site even further back in time".

Five stones can be seen in my photograph; another lies hidden by the tall grass between the leftmost two stones. On a later visit I obtained pictures while the grass was short, and when all of the stones could therefore be seen much more clearly: see NS5380 : Duntreath Standing Stones and NS5380 : Duntreath Standing Stones.

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Duntreath Standing Stones
This line of stones was probably set up in the Neolithic period, but it is located on a site which had perhaps been significant from a much earlier date. See LinkExternal link (at Canmore) for further details. As a scheduled monument, the site is legally protected.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 30 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 9 July, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Period (from Tags)
Neolithic 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5326 8074 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.8257N 4:21.2638W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5326 8073
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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