Aberdeenshire HER - NJ70SE0001 - CULLERLIE STONE CIRCLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ70SE0001
NameCULLERLIE STONE CIRCLE
NRHE Card No.NJ70SE2
NRHE Numlink 18548
HES SM No. 90088
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Stone circle, which has been restored, within which are 8 small kerb cairns. The circle consists of eight stones placed around the circumference of a circle c.10m in diameter, the stones graded roughly in size to the north. Excavations in 1934 established that the interior had been levelled prior to the erection of the stone circle and later the ground was burnt over by setting fire to a pile of willow twigs. On the area so consecrated, eight small ringed burial cairns were built, five of which yielded burnt human bones and charcoal, a few sherds of pottery and three worked flints. The finding of oak charcoal in five cairns and hazel in one could indicate not all deposits were contemporary. The central cairn is the largest at 3.5m in diameter, and it is the only one to have a double kerb; this and 6 other cairns have 11 kerbstones. When J. Logan described this circle in 1820 he referred to 9 other smaller circles of similar dimensions situated to SW of circle but no trace of these remain. Survey conducted in January 2004 by R. Daly disclosed that of the outer circle stones, the northernmost stone has one cup mark on lower inner (S-facing) face; the easternmost stone has one cup mark on upper N-facing face; and the southernmost stone has one cup mark on inner N-facing face. Of the inner circle stones, the easternmost stone of the central cairn kerb has one large cup-mark on its inner face. These features do not seem to have been recorded before. This stone circle is seen as a later development of the Recumbent Stone Circle tradition.
Last Update15/08/2017
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 378509.585577969, Northing: 804280.352561922

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Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
1934 Excavation
2004 Survey

Excavations and Surveys

Date MDate YTypeDurationDirector / OrganisationAuspicesFundExtent
 1934  KILBRIDE-JONESMOWMOW100
12004 Survey  R. DALY   

Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
01934 POTTERY SHERD HEKJ Excavation  
 1934 WORKED FLINT HEKJ Excavation  

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
STONE-CIRCLES RESTOREDA100
CAIRNSRING B100
KERBS DOUBLEC100
CIRCLES SITE OFD90
BONESHUMANBURNTE100
POTTERYSHERD F100
FLINTS WORKEDG100