Loanhead of Daviot Recumbent Stone Circle

Loanhead of Daviot bronze age recumbent stone circle lies a few miles from Inverurie and is a true circle.

I’m very fond of this circle having come upon it early one misty morning with its stones looming up in the sun-infused vapour giving it an other-worldly appearance.

I’ve been back several times, including December in 2011 when these photographs were taken.

Clearly this circle from has been reconstructed. It is well kept with its cleared kerb cairn in the interior which contained pottery fragments and human remains.

Recumbent stone circles are a feature of the area close to Aberdeen, especially around Insch/Bennachie/Alford.

There is much speculation about the uses recumbent circles were put to but over the thousands of years of their existence it is fairly certain that people used them differently over time for ceremonies, cremations and interments.

Ten stones form this large circle of around 20 metres and each stone stands in its own cairn.

The recumbent is actually broken in two and faces SSW.

Remnants of Neolithic pottery were discovered here and cremated human remains.

One of the standing stones has been cupmarked.

Daviot stones feature shaped bases into beak shapes to give better seating in the earth.

The second rung alongside the recumbent circle is thought to have been the site of later cremations.

5 Comments to “Loanhead of Daviot Recumbent Stone Circle”

  1. Dear Lorn; Can you please Email me? I’d like to ask permission to use one of your photos in my book. Thanx! CHAS novelholiday [at]

  2. Loanhead of Daviot is my favourite RCS (its the cover image on my blog) … I love the fact that you can also see the remains of New Craig RCS from it. New Craig is of course more infamous for being a site for GM crop trials a whiley back 😦

    • Oh, I didn’t know about New Craig being nearby. Another to check out – but I do remember the place from the GM crop trials – was only thinking about the police overkill today – filming people legitimately demonstrating. Very aggressive and intimidatory behaviour. You’d never guess we lived in a democracy.

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