NO5678 : Colmeallie Recumbent Stone Circle (4)

taken 3 years ago, 4 km from Auchmull, Angus, Great Britain

Colmeallie Recumbent Stone Circle (4)
Colmeallie Recumbent Stone Circle (4)
On the left is a stone which stands outside the circumference of the circle and may have been part of a forecourt. The middle one is the tallest remaining orthostat, and on the right is the east flanker. See LinkExternal link for more information. NO5678 : Colmeallie Recumbent Stone Circle (5)
Recumbent Stone Circles
Recumbent stone circles are 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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NO5678, 30 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 27 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 30 April, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 5657 7811 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:53.5384N 2:42.8684W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 5658 7811
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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