Recumbent Stone Circles :: Shared Description

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.

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by Anne Burgess
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NO5678 : Colmeallie Recumbent Stone Circle (10) by Anne Burgess
NJ6119 : Cothiemuir Wood Recumbent Stone Circle (3) by Anne Burgess
NO8177 : Montgoldrum Recumbent Stone Circle (7) by Anne Burgess
NJ9547 : Aikey Brae Recumbent Stone Circle (3) by Anne Burgess
NO7994 : Clune Wood Recumbent Stone Circle (1) by Anne Burgess
NJ6526 : Hatton of Ardoyne Recumbent Stone Circle (2) by Anne Burgess
NO7994 : Clune Wood Recumbent Stone Circle (6) by Anne Burgess
NO7867 : The Cloch Recumbent Stone Circle (1) by Anne Burgess
NJ8844 : Auchmaliddie Recumbent Stone Circle (1) by Anne Burgess
NJ7428 : Loanhead of Daviot Recumbent Stone Circle (15) by Anne Burgess
NJ6003 : Balnacraig Recumbent Stone Circle (2) by Anne Burgess
NJ7105 : Sunhoney Recumbent Stone Circle (6) by Anne Burgess
NJ6028 : Stonehead Recumbent Stone Circle (5) by Anne Burgess
NJ6942 : Mains of Hatton Recumbent Stone Circle (9) by Anne Burgess
NJ6209 : Old Kirk o' Tough Recumbent Stone Circle (1) by Anne Burgess
NJ6727 : Old Rayne Recumbent Stone Circle (7) by Anne Burgess
NJ6050 : Bellman's Wood Recumbent Stone Circle (4) by Anne Burgess
NJ5925 : Braehead Recumbent Stone Circle (1) by Anne Burgess
NJ9516 : Potterton Recumbent Stone Circle (5) by Anne Burgess
NO9096 : Aquhorthies Recumbent Stone Circle (6) by Anne Burgess
NJ7428 : Loanhead of Daviot Recumbent Stone Circle (18) by Anne Burgess
NJ5925 : Braehead Recumbent Stone Circle (3) by Anne Burgess
NJ6507 : Tamnagorn Recumbent Stone Circle (2) by Anne Burgess
NJ5919 : Old Keig Recumbent Stone Circle (3) by Anne Burgess
NJ7044 : Corrydown Recumbent Stone Circle (5) by Anne Burgess

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Created: Tue, 31 Mar 2015, Updated: Sat, 25 Nov 2017

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