Aberdeenshire HER - NO99NW0001 - AQUHORTHIES

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Main Details

Primary ReferenceNO99NW0001
NRHE Card No.NO99NW1
NRHE Numlink 37186
HES SM No. 971
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Recumbent stone circle. It was described by Morrison as being three concentric circles of upright stones of which the largest were in the outermost circle. Before 1792 the stone cist was found between the middle and the outermost rings on the east side. Within the innermost ring other small finds were discovered. The outermost circle consisted of 13 stones, of which two were fallen, on a platform, circa 0.91m high. The recumbent is described as vertical and is marked R on the plan. No further information was found concerning the bone remains and urn fragments. The stones of the circle are relatively small and not markedly graded. The east flanker is missing. Most of the stones are of reddish granite but the recumbent and west flanker are a coarse-grained grey granite seamed with white quartz. Like other Dee Valley Recumbent stone circles the recumbent is placed east of south and lies well inside the circumference of the ring. In the interior is one of the best preserved ring-cairns. There is an outer circle of kerbstones, 15.2m across, with a well-defined central space about 3.4m wide. The ring cairn curves noticeably out to join the recumbent at its south.
Last Update11/05/2021
Updated Bycpalmer
Date of Compilation 

Easting: 390187.430928088, Northing: 796343.382566562

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National Grid Reference: NO 9018 9634

Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
1845 Excavation
1858 Excavation
1863 Excavation

Excavations and Surveys

Date MDate YTypeDurationDirector / OrganisationAuspicesFundExtent
 1845  C DALRYMPLE   
 1858  ALEX. THOMSON   

Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
 1792 URN Unknown  
 1845 URN FRAGMENTS D Excavation Unknown  
 1863 URN FRAGMENTS AT Excavation Unknown  


Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
URNS  C100