Aberdeenshire HER - NO79SW0008 - NINE STANES STONE CIRCLE, GARROL WOOD

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Primary ReferenceNO79SW0008
NameNINE STANES STONE CIRCLE, GARROL WOOD
NRHE Card No.NO79SW8
NRHE Numlink 36748
HES SM No. 979
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of a Recumbent Stone Circle surrounding a ring cairn. The stone circle originally consisted of the recumbent, flanker and 8 other stones, but of those 8 one stone is missing on the north west arc and another on the west has been reduced to a stump. The ring cairn measures 12m in diameter by 0.3m in height and there is a hole 4.3m in diameter by 0.4m in depth in the centre. This stone circle differs from classic examples in having the recumbent and flankers set on the egde of the inner cairn, whilst the remaining stones sit in an oval outer arc c,18m by 14.6m. It is thought that this circle was built late in the sequence of Recumbent Stone Circles. The name of the stone circle was given in 1904 when the site was excavated (it refers to the 9 remaining stones including the flankers but not the recumbent). When F.R. Coles of the National Museum excavated the site in 1904 he spent twelve days with some of the landowner's workmen clearing the undergrowth and turning over the loose stones. In making a plan of all the visible features before work began, dividing the circle into sections and sieving soil that was trowelled out of the central space he exercised more care than most of his fellow archaeologists of the time. Excluding the recumbent stone and its pillars, Coles' plan shows there to be seven stones and the position of the presumably missing eighth stone. Between all these and curving into each pillar was a double row of smallish earthfast stones. The whole area within the circle was extremely stony and was doubtless a low cairn. At the centre of the circle he found a funnel-shaped pit formed of six slabs with one missing, full of burnt bone. To the North of the pit was charcoal and urn fragments. Bone was also found in four other spots around the pit. Between these and the outmost ring were three rings of stones.
Last Update28/02/2020
Updated Bycpalmer
CompilerFRC
Date of Compilation26/03/1980

Easting: 372330.98805914, Northing: 791219.076699575

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National Grid Reference: NO 7233 9121



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
1904 Excavation

Excavations and Surveys


Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
01904 URN FRAGMENTS FRC Excavation National Museum of Scotland EP 25

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
STONE-CIRCLES RECUMBENTA100
PITSCREMATION B100
URNSCREMATION C100
CAIRNS REMAINS OFD100
BONESHUMANBURNTE100