Aberdeenshire HER - NJ40SE0001 - TOMNAVERIE STONE CIRCLE

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Primary ReferenceNJ40SE0001
NameTOMNAVERIE STONE CIRCLE
NRHE Card No.NJ40SE1
NRHE Numlink 17006
HES SM No. 90303
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Recumbent stone circle, reconstructed, c. 17m in diameter. It consists of an incomplete outer ring comprising a massive whinstone recumbent (which has 2 cupmarks) and its two flankers (fallen), 5 erect stones and one fallen stone. A kerb joined to the two flankers. The circle surrounded a ring cairn 14m across; all that is visible is a rickle of stones with slight traces of what may be the inner kerb of the ring cairn. The site was excavated in 1999 and 2000 by Richard Bradley as part of a programme to investigate RSC's in Aberdeenshire (Bradley 1999 Interim report). This indicated that the site was first used as a cremation pyre, evidenced by a spread of small fragments of cremated bone. This was encapsulated within a polygonal cairn, open at the centre and defined by a massive kerb of slabs and glacial boulders. The kerb had been revetted on the outside by a bank of rubble which sealed a few sherds of Beaker pottery. At a number of points the interior of the cairn was linked to the outer kerb by a series of radial divisions. In a subsequent phase the cairn was enclosed by a recumbent stone circle, the monoliths set in sockets cut through elements of the earlier monument; the recumbent had originally rested on the bank of rubble supporting the exterior of the cairn. In a later period, probably during the 1st millenium BC, a pit was dug in the exact centre of the monument to receive a cremation burial. Survey of the uncleared areas of the hill identified the positions of 29 cup-marked stones.
Last Update17/07/2020
Updated Bycpalmer
Compiler 
Date of Compilation 

Easting: 348652.329226556, Northing: 803488.651882747

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National Grid Reference: NJ 4865 0348



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
1999 Excavation
2001 Excavation
2015 Field Survey

Excavations and Surveys

Date MDate YTypeDurationDirector / OrganisationAuspicesFundExtent
 2001 Excavation  Richard Bradley HS 
 1999 Excavation  Richard Bradley HS 
102015 Survey  HESHES  

Artefact and Ecofact

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
BURIALS CREMATION D100
POTTERYBEAKER E100
STONES CUP-MARKEDF100
STONE-CIRCLES RECUMBENTA100
STONESKERB B100
CAIRNSRING C95