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Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)

Site Name Bankhead

Classification Stone Circle (Neol/bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Bankhead, 'stone Circle' And 'causeway'

Canmore ID 17678

Site Number NJ52NW 9

NGR NJ 5295 2701

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Clatt
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ52NW 9 5295 2701

For 'stone circle and causeway' (NJ 5285 2652) and 'altar stone' (NJ 5293 2698), see NJ52NW 10 and NJ52NW 25 respectively.

(NJ 5295 2701) Stone Circle (NR) (Site of).

(NJ 5295 2701 and 5301 2705) Causeway (NR) (Site of).

OS 6" map, Aberdeenshire, 2nd ed., (1902)

A stone circle of upright stones about 45 feet in diameter was removed about 60 years ago, according to Mr Booth. It was found 'to be paved to the depth of several feet with large stones.' A very short length of a paved causeway leading in a north-easterly direction was found, but Mr Booth was of the opinion, from the nature of the ground, that it had extended as far as indicated on the plan. (See also NJ52NW 25).

Name Book 1886; Information from Mr Booth, Hillhead.

No trace. It would seem likely, despite Mr Booth, that this and NJ52NW 25 are one and the same, being so close to each other.

Visited by OS (RL) 18 September 1967.

Nothing is visible of the structures identified as a 'stone circle' and 'causeway' on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Aberdeenshire 1870, sheet xliii). They lay in what is now cultivated ground 350m WNW of Bankhead farmsteading (NJ52NW 50). The description in the Name Book refers to paving being found at a depth of several feet within a circular stone-built structure about 14m in diameter. Such a description is likely to be of a hut-circle or, less likely, a souterrain, rather than a stone circle.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, IF), 5 March 1996.

Name Book 1866.


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