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Aberdeenshire (County)

RSC resources

PSAS articles

This link takes you to the PSAS volume index.

Volumes 34 to 39 inclusive contain articles on RSCs which, despite their age, are almost indispensible.

They comprise a six-part survey by Fred Coles of (probably) all the stone circles in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire including fine ground plans and stone measurements in each case.

Many site entries have excellent drawings of the stones (not so good on human figures though!) and, of course, it is always interesting to hear what the writer has to say about the circles based on the local knowledge around at the start of the last century.

Volume 102 has an article by Burl on RSCs including grid references on 74 definite and 18 probable RSC sites.

These PSAS references are all PDF articles, many of them very long.

Other web sites

Megalithics at has some good movie panoramas of RSCs including some of the lesser well known ones.

This Aberdeen University site
has wide coverage of RSCs and other sites. Especially good on directions

The Cochno Stone (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

PSAS 30 (1895-96)

PDF article containing original sketch of the Cochno Stone.

Menteith (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Maarten van Hoek's Rock art site

Pictures of Menteith ..... and a whole lot more.

The Menteith images are (clockwise from top right): 26, 17, 12 east, 10

Clettraval (Chambered Cairn)

PSAS LXIX (1934-35)

59 page PDF file of excavation of cairn and wheelhouse (here called a fort). Plans are at pages 58 and 59.

Crarae Garden (Chambered Cairn)


31 page excavation report - PDF file

Dalnaneun Farm, Loch Nell (Chambered Cairn)

PSAS 104

PDF file of excavation report.

Avielochan (Clava Cairn)

Stones of Wonder

An astronomical view.

Esslie the Greater (Stone Circle)

Stones of Wonder

An astronomical view.

Sunhoney (Stone Circle)

Stones of Wonder

An astronomical view.

Brainport Bay Solar Alignment (Stone Row / Alignment)

Stones of Wonder

More information including a photo of midsummer sunrise at the site.

Aberdeenshire (County)

Aberdeenshire Archaeology Service

View the Sites and Monuments list online (v. useful).

Clickable maps of sites to visit.



Excavation report (.PDF file) relevant to Carnbaan, St Michael's and Glecknabae

There are plans of the sites on pdf pages 13, 20 and 23 respectively

Ferniegair (Cist)

PSAS 106

See page 8 of article for decorated cist slab.


PSAS Articles

Starting point for access to full article reprints from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (apart from the those published in the past three years or so).

Oxbow Books

Best archaeology bookseller bar none. Based in Oxford where you can see their stock (including some second hand). Otherwise get on their catalogue mailing list - it's free and full of bargain book offers and good potted summaries of new books. If you want a non-uk book in print - they'll get it.

Annadorn (Passage Grave)


Location map

Millin Bay (Cairn(s))


Location map

Creggandevesky (Court Tomb)


Map showing the location of Creggandevesky.

Ringmoor Cairn Circle and Stone Row (Stone Row / Alignment)

A Dowser's View

Photos and plans

Cosdon Hill (Stone Row / Alignment)

A Dowser's Perspective

Photos and plans.
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