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Event ID 1104131

Category Recording

Type Excavation


NJ 4985 2702 A small test pit was opened around Rhynie No.3 (NJ42NE 22.02) measuring c.1 x 1 m and 0.3 m deep to expose the possible symbol carvings at the base of the human figure (Figure 2 and 3). The trench was opened by hand using a spade with plastic tools used in the immediate vicinity of the carved face on the southwest side of the stone to minimise any chance of damage. Soft brushes were used to remove any remaining soil around the face of the stone to allow recording of the stone face using digital recording techniques. These techniques included conventional digital SLR photography and photogrammetry.

The digital recording revealed new detail regarding the human figure and a possible symbol below their feet.

Archive: University of Aberdeen

Funder: University of Aberdeen and Historic Environment Scotland

Gordon Noble and James O’Driscoll - University of Aberdeen

(Source: DES Vol 20)

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