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Clachan An Diridh

Four Poster Stone Circle (Bronze Age)

Site Name Clachan An Diridh

Classification Four Poster Stone Circle (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Clachan Direach

Canmore ID 26308

Site Number NN95NW 5

NGR NN 9251 5574

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Moulin
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN95NW 5 9251 5574.

(NN 9251 5574) Clachan an Diridh (NAT)

OS 6" map, Perthshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

A stone circle, with a diameter of 15'4", called locally Clachan-direach. Three stones are standing, 5'10", 6', and 3'3" in height respectively. Fragments of a demolished fourth stone lie about the ground, but there is no clear indication of its original position.

F R Coles 1908.

Information from RCAHMS emergency survey, 1942

Listed by Burl (1971) as a four poster, a feature for which he suggests a date of c. 1600 BC.

H A W Burl 1971.

The three standing stones described and illustrated and the fragments of a possible fourth are situated in dense afforestation on the shoulder of a slight rise. The largest measures 1.7m high, 1.8m wide and 0.4m thick. The name is now no longer in use and they are now known locally as "The Druids' Stones". This is probably the remains of a "four poster".

Surveyed at 1:10560.

Visited by OS (R D) 16 February 1971.

Activities

Field Visit (20 October 1942)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.

Geophysical Survey (20 August 2012 - 7 September 2012)

Geophysical surveys were conducted at Clachan an Diridh stone circle near Pitlochry in Perth and Kinross. The works comprised high resolution geomagnetic and earth electrical surveys of the stone circle and its immediate vicinity. The works were commissioned by AOC Archaeology Group and conducted by Archaeological Services Durham University.

Information from Oasis (archaeol3-133547) 15 February 2013

Test Pit Survey (2 October 2012 - 3 October 2012)

NN 9251 5574 A geophysical and laser scan survey of this four-poster stone circle was undertaken 2–3 October 2012. The resistivity and magnetometer surveys indicated that significant buried archaeology extends beyond the visible surface remains. The results of the 3D laser survey were integrated with geophysical results to produce a 3D visualisation of all elements of the site.

Archive: RCAHMS

Funder: Forestry Commision Scotland

Gemma Hudson, AOC Archaeology Group

2012

Project (1 September 2012 - 29 September 2012)

A laser scan topographic survey and geophysical prospection, involving resistivity and magnetometry, was undertaken at Clachan an Diridh ‘four poster’ stone circle on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland. The geophysical results are inconclusive but may suggest the presence of sub-surface archaeology near the standing stones. The results of the 3D survey above ground were integrated with the geophysical results to produce a 3D visualisation of all elements of the site.

Information from Graeme Cavers, Gemma Hudson, Jake Streatfeild-James

& Duncan Hale (AOC Archaeology) October 2012

OASIS ID: aocarcha1-136133

Test Pit Survey (1 September 2012 - 27 September 2012)

A topographic, geophysical and test-pit survey was carried out at Clachan an Diridh four poster in order to assess the potential damage caused by a nearby forestry track, assess the potential for buried archaeological deposits and provide a baseline record of the site.

Information from Graeme Cavers, Gemma Hudson, Jake Streatfeild-James

& Duncan Hale (AOC Archaeology) October 2012

OASIS ID: aocarcha1-136133

Measured Survey (1 September 2012 - 27 September 2012)

A topographic, geophysical and test-pit survey was carried out at Clachan an Diridh four poster in order to assess the potential damage caused by a nearby forestry track, assess the potential for buried archaeological deposits and provide a baseline record of the site.

Information from Graeme Cavers, Gemma Hudson, Jake Streatfeild-James

& Duncan Hale (AOC Archaeology) October 2012

OASIS ID: aocarcha1-136133

Geophysical Survey (1 September 2012 - 27 September 2012)

Geomagnetic and resistance surveys were carried out as part of a project including a topographic, geophysical and test-pit survey, carried out at Clachan an Diridh four poster in order to assess the potential damage caused by a nearby forestry track, to assess the potential for buried archaeological deposits and provide a baseline record of the site.

Information from Graeme Cavers, Gemma Hudson, Jake Streatfeild-James

& Duncan Hale (AOC Archaeology) October 2012

OASIS ID: aocarcha1-136133

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