Aberdeenshire HER - NO79SW0002 - ESLIE THE GREATER

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Primary ReferenceNO79SW0002
NameESLIE THE GREATER
NRHE Card No.NO79SW2
NRHE Numlink 36714
HES SM No. 977
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of recumbent stone circle and ring cairn, which stands just below the crest of a low saddle with wide views to the south and west. This monument consists of a ring cairn enclosed by a circle of eight standing stones and a recumbent with two flankers. Five of the eight standing stones still stand. They range in height from 1.5 m to 0.8 m in height, the smallest opposite the recumbent. The recumbent is 2.9 m long. In plan, the circle is an ellipse, measuring 26.5 m by 23.2 m. The whole feature apparently stands on an earth and stone platform. The enclosed ring cairn is 18 m in diameter with a clearly visible central space. The cairn has been augmented by field gatherings. Excavations in 1873 revealed a stone cist in a pit within the central area of the cairn. It contained traces of burial. Also at a depth of circa 0.61 m was revealed evidence that 3 or 4 bodies been laid to form perimeter of a circle. Two lines of small stones appear to connect the outer perimeter of the cairn with the pillars supporting the recumbent. Around 800 m to the northeast is Eslie the Smaller RSC (NO79SW0001) while circa 700 m to the southeast is the Nine Stanes RSC (NO79SW0008).
Last Update30/04/2020
Updated Bycherbert
Compiler 
Date of Compilation19/05/1981

Easting: 371716.951552809, Northing: 791583.354047155

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National Grid Reference: NO 7171 9158



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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
STONE-CIRCLES RECUMBENTA100
CAIRNSRING B100
PLATFORMSEARTH & STONE C100
CISTSSHORT D100
BONESHUMAN E100