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Dane's Stone

Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Dane's Stone

Classification Standing Stone (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Pitfourie

Canmore ID 26312

Site Number NN95NW 9

NGR NN 94255 59414

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/26312

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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 9 9425 5942.

(NN 9425 5942) Standing Stone (NR)

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

A massive block of quartzitic whinstone 7'3" high. Several more stones are said to have stood here, some of which are supposed to be lying half buried in the field. All are smaller than the extant stone.

F R Coles 1908.

A careful examination of the ground around the stone disclosed no evidence for the site of a circle.

A Reid 1912.

There is some local confusion as to whether the name "Dane's Stone" applies to this feature or NN95NW 11. The name is relatively recent; Mitchell (1923) does not record it, although he describes the stone.

Visited by OS (A A) 11 April 1975.

H Mitchell 1923

A standing stone, 2.1m x 1.3m x 0.6m, increasing to 0.9m wide at ground level. There is no trace of further stones.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (J B) 6 February 1975.

Activities

Field Visit (16 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This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project.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.

Excavation (18 March 2014 - 31 March 2014)

Pitfourie Standing Stone, also known as the Dane's Stone or Dane Stone, is a standing stone of possible late Neolithic or Bronze Age date which stands in an arable field on the north edge of Moulin, Pitlochry. It is a Scheduled Monument.

The stone fell over during February 2014 due to slow attrition of soil by agriculture and recent waterlogging of the ground. A trench measuring 3m x 3m was excavated centred on the socket, and the socket was fully excavated. No further archaeological features were identified. Following the excavation, the stone was re-erected in its socket.

Funder: Historic Scotland

CFA Archaeology Ltd

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