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| Broomend Of Crichie Stone Circle / Henge |
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|Description ||Once there were two stone circles here, joined to one another by an avenue of paired monoliths. Of this double row or "avenue" of maybe 80 stones, only 4 survive. According to Maitland and other authorities a double line of stones about 18m apart extended from a point 450 yards south of the circle, where a number of cist burials were discovered, up to the circle and then on to a second circle (Broomend of Crichie North circle), an overall length of about 500 yards. |
The site of the second circle, a conspicuous viewpoint overlooking the confluence of the River Don with the River Urie, is shown on an estate map of 1870. The circle was described pre-1757 by Maitland as three concentric rows of erect stones with a small cairn in the middle; nearby there was said to have been a flat altar-stone, with a cavity in the upper part, raised on a rough cairn.
See also our page on the Broomend of Crichie Avenue for more on the remains of the double stone row which adjoins this site. More information also on the RCAHMS webpage (multiple entries for this site).
| "[Maitland's] description of three concentric rings of upright stones best fits a circle of orthostats enclosing a ring-cairn with well-defined inner and outer kerbs." Halliday, Sherriff, Welfare & Gannon "Great Crowns of Stone, Appendix 1: Other Monuments Sometimes Claimed as Recumbent Stone Circle".|
Maitland probably relied on others for his description of the "altar-stone" (recumbent): it is certainly not what one would expect if this were the recumbent of an RSC, being out of the circle and "raised on a rough cairn".
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