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|Description ||Another view of the Toot Hill recumbent stone. It is a slightly smaller version of the Standing Stone, 2km SE and further along the line of what may be a prehistoric track leading 10km S to Morridge, in Staffordshire.|
|This bears no relation to what I would call a recumbent - recumbent has a special meaning in relation to Stones of being a specific part of a stone circle unique to NE Scotland - this is surely just a fallen stone!|
|OK, fallen :)|
|At the risk of being accused of pedantry I do not think that cosmic is quite right. A recumbent stone circle is simply one that contains a recumbent (meaning lying as distinct from fallen) stone. There doesn't seem to me to be anything special about the word which limits its use to stones found in a particular setting. In this particular case, of course, using the word fallen is probably more accurate.|
|I tend to agree with Cosmic (and that's not because I always like to disagree with my esteemed colleage, Enkidu)
Handbook of British Archaelogy says "Recumbent stone circles (RSC) of the Bronze Age occur mainly in north-east Scotland and are similar to the Neolithic Inverness circles. These circles sometimes surround a ring cairn containing a cremation." Seems to me that there is more than a suggestion that the Scottish stones were laid flat deliberately ie recumbent. Elsewhere, stones which were stood upright are now horizontal because they have fallen. One type is deliberate and the other is accidental.
|Thanks Thorgrim - but you are not disagreeing with me! I too think Cosmic is right and this stone is fallen. As you and I have both said recumbent means deliberately laid flat as distinct from fallen which is accidental. The point where I diverge from Cosmic is that recumbent can be used for stones other than those found in stone circles and so has no special archaelogical significance in itself.|
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