NJ4803 : Tomnaverie Stone Circle

taken 1 year ago, near to Tarland, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

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Tomnaverie Stone Circle
Tomnaverie Stone Circle
Tomnaverie Stone Circle is a recumbent stone circle and is a type of monument that is peculiar to north-east Scotland. They may have been associated with the dead and the night time, and fieldwork suggests that they were located away from the settlements of the living. This stone circle was built on the edge of cultivated land in about 2500BC.
The monument has two main elements. The earliest was a low stone platform which seems to have been built to enhance the crest of the hill. It may have been used as a cremation pyre as there is considerable evidence of burning in the centre of the site. In time, the entire structure was enclosed by a ring of upright stones. These increase in height towards the south-west where two tall pillars flank an enormous horizontal block (to the left of the photograph).
The stone circle is in the care of Historic Scotland.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 14 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Primary Subject of Photo
Stone Circle 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 486 034 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:7.1625N 2:50.9781W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 486 034
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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