Loanhead of Daviot Stone Circle
10 stones and a recumbent, in a 20.5m (67ft) circle.
Around each standing stone are small stone settings, some of which contained cremation burials and fragments of deliberately smashed pottery.
Note that the stone beside the E flanker has 5 cup marks and that the recumbent was originally one block.
Another account says that the flanking stone on the far side of the recumbent has twelve cup marks.
Such recumbent stones are often associated with moon observations and are particularly numerous in Aberdeenshire.
Within the circle is a very low cairn with a pronounced kerb and a 'reserved' area around the recumbent.
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The excavation of 1934 revealed:
Another area of cremation burials is to be found beside the circle. The two low curved dykes and small stone piles represent an enclosed cremation cemetery of the Bronze Age. Excavation revealed cremated burials in urns beneath the little cairns and a central burial consisting of the cremated body of a man laid straight in a slight hollow beneath his funeral pyre.
Dated approximately 2500BC.
One of 3 circles:-
There are more than 15 megalithic sites in the same area.
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