Aberdeenshire SMR - NJ70NW0008 - SUNHONEY STONE CIRCLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ70NW0008
NameSUNHONEY STONE CIRCLE
NRHE Card No.NJ70NW9
NRHE Numlink 18543
HES SM No. 44
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of a recumbent stone circle, 25.4m in diameter, which consists of the recumbent, 2 flanking pillars and 9 other standing stones located on a well defined but low hill shoulder. The recumbent has slumped and part has broken off; it bears 31 cup-marks. The recumbent is a fine grained grey granite but all the other stones are a reddish granite or gneiss. Traces of a low ring cairn can be seen in the interior. Dalrymple, when excavating in 1865, found deposits of cremated bone and some fire-marked stone in the 2.43m diameter central space. A 'circular' cist with some pottery fragments lay at the S side of ring cairn. Each circle stone stood in a little low cairn, although today the stones appear to be in a low bank; the circle may have undergone some restoration. The circular plan of Sunhoney places it early in the development of such circles.
Last Update16/08/2017
Updated Bynackerman
Compiler 
Date of Compilation23/08/1988

Easting: 371590.533895565, Northing: 805702.13278894

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National Grid Reference: NJ 7159 0570



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
1865 Excavation

Excavations and Surveys


Artefact and Ecofact

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
STONE-CIRCLES RECUMBENTA100
STONES CUP-MARKEDB100
CAIRNSRINGLOWC100
CISTSBURIALSITE OFD100
BONES BURNTE100
POTTERYSHERD F100