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High Auchenlarie

High Auchenlarie by Howburn Digger The eastern possible "stone setting" at High Auchenlarie.
OS state “The 'cairn' and stones may be the remains of a long cairn but there is no trace of a passage or chamber and although the stones may have formed a facade this suggestion cannot be substantiated without excavation." Surveyed at 1:10 000.
Visited by OS (BS) 31 May 1977
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Posted by Howburn Digger
21st October 2012ce
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Comments (3)

What has happened to the nearest standing stone? [to the camera] as this is the one that's in the circle with the cairn on its perimeter [why put it in a separate photo?], the stone in the background is the one that falls outside the perimeter so could be an outlier, part of a ruined concentric or an old wall, it's like you've left the other stone out of this photo to make it look like they curve away from the cairn, not at it, take a look at my photo's of the place [why didn't you put them on there as this site is already on here] and you can see this photo seems to be purposely missing one standing stone, it looks like you've done it like this to suggest the stones are a facade to a chamber, whereas if you'd put the other stone in the picture it would look more like a circle with an outlier, All in all it makes this photo a bit of a lie. bladup Posted by bladup
21st October 2012ce
Sorry I never saw this comment until now. The photo is not "a bit of a lie". I have added a full panorama picture to help illustrate this.
I didn't leave the "other stone" out "to make it look like" anything Paul. Honest. The fields are absolutely covered in "other stones". High Auchenlarie's a hillside of field clearance cairns and stumps of old field dykes. It seems baffling that with lovely, ideally shaped, big 6, 8 and 10 feet slabs available a few hundred yards up the hill at the crags, the 30cm/ 40cm little rocks in the "stone setting" to the right of the photo would instead be used as parts of a "stone circle".
I don't think the upright stones to the left of the field clearance cairn are the facade of a chamber. I think they are parts of an old field dyke. The hillside is covered in them. Fallen and half-fallen. The extant drystane dykes are full of similarly sized, shaped and positioned stones built into the dykes at regular intervals. The wee 30cm stumps on the right of the field clearance cairn don't look like anything to me. There are thousands of them all over the hillside.
Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
12th March 2013ce
Sorry about that, Your new photo shows the site much much better, 3 of the bigger stones lie on an arc and one outside it [ignoring the little stones], Coles thought it was a circle, i did as well but the place is certainly open to interpretation, the comment was made a bit ago after we'd spoke about the place, my wording could have been a lot better, and it's always good to have another opinion on the place, no hard feelings on my part, I really don't know why i felt so strongly about the place, i certainly don't now, sorry again. bladup Posted by bladup
13th March 2013ce
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