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Grampian - Prehistoric Sites

This page Rodney's Stone - White Cow Wood Cairn

Included in this category of our heritage guide to Grampian are Pictish carved stones and crosses - one of the most fascinating features of the Aberdeenshire and Moray region. Grampian is extraordinarily rich in 'ancient' sites, with numerous examples of cairns, burial mounds, and stone circles dotted about the landscape. Why is the region so well-supplied with these ancient monuments? One simple answer is that Aberdeenshire and Moray were settled earlier and more densely than the Highland regions to the north and west. The sheer weight of numbers of ancient peoples resulted in much greater numbers of ancient sites that survive today.


Forres 
Rodney's Stone

Rodney's Stone

Rodney's Stone is a beautifully carved Pictish stone of grey sandstone, standing beside the drive to Brodie Castle. The stone, which is almost 6 feet high, was discovered in 1781 by workmen digging the foundations for a new church at Dyke. The situation of the stone suggests that it was associated with the old medieval church there. In the followiing year the inhabitants of Dyke erected the stone in the village to commemorate the naval victory of Admiral Rodney over the French at the Battle of the Saints.
Brodie Castle, Forres, Grampian, Scotland, IV36 0TE

Attraction Type: Prehistoric - Carved Stone
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Strichen 

Strichen Stone Circle

A recumbent stone circle in a farm field, once visited by Dr Johnson. The circle has been moved twice, then re-erected close to its original position. A cremated burial was found within the circle, and several pottery sherds.
Strichen, Grampian, Scotland

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Forres 
Sueno's Stone

Sueno's Stone

Just outside Forres stands this amazing monument, which has been called the most remarkable sculptured monument in Britain. Sueno's Stone stands 20 ft (6.1m) high, and is covered with intricate carvings. The stone dates to the late 9th or 10th century and it may have been intended as a cenotaph, or memorial to military dead.
Forres, Grampian, Scotland

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Echt 
Sunhoney Stone Circle

Sunhoney Stone Circle

A large stone circle consisting of 11 standing stones and 1 recumbent stone. The circle is just under 27 metres in diameter,. Within the circle is the remains of a cairn about 0.3 metres high and 7 metres diameter. Interestingly, excavations have shown that there was a pyre (presumably a funeral pyre) in the centre of the circle, and 8 distinct deposits of burnt bones.
B9119, Echt, Grampian, Scotland

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Rhynie 
Tap O' Noth

Tap O' Noth

The Tap O' Noth is a hill fort on the summit of the Hill of Noth, just above the village of Rhynie, in Aberdeenshire. The hill rises to 562 metres above sea level, making the Tap O' Noth fort the second highest in all of Scotland.
Rhynie, Grampian, Scotland

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Rafford 

Templestone Stone Circle

More of a rectangle than a stone circle, Templestone is of a type known as a 'Four poster'. There are four stones, arranged as the corners of a rectangle measuring about 3.4 by 2.7 metres (about 11 x 9 feet).
Rafford, Grampian, Scotland

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Aboyne 
Tomnaverie Stone Circle

Tomnaverie Stone Circle

A fascinating stone circle - really a complex of circles - built around 2500 BCE. The first phase of building at Tomnaverie was the creation of a low platform of stone, with the height of the kerb increasing from one end to the other. It is possible that this platform was created to emphasize the silhouette of the site against the skyline. There was burning at the centre of the platform, so archaeologists think it may have been used as a funeral pyre.
Aboyne, Grampian, Scotland

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Tullich 
Tullich Symbol Stone

Tullich Symbol Stone

The old ruined kirk at Tullich contains a worn Pictish stone carved with traditional Pictish symbols of a miror, beast, double disc, and Z-rod. The stone can be found in a railed enclosure against the north wall of the church.
Tullich, Grampian, Scotland

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Tyrie 

Tyrie Raven Stone

The Raven Stone is a carved Pictish symbol stone, discovered in the foundations of the church at Kirkhill, Tyrie. The stone is carved with the figure of an eagle, below which is a rectangle and traditional Z-rod symbol. The rectangle has a notch on the short side and indentations in the long side. It has been suggested that it might represent a chariot drawn by a pair of horses, seen from above.
Tyrie, Grampian, Scotland

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Mintlaw 
White Cow Wood Cairn

White Cow Wood Cairn

Remains of a medium-sized cairn in a wooded plantation. The original cairn was just over 14 metres across and about 3 metres high. Many of the cairn stones have been removed, and some are in a heap to the east of the cairn.
Mintlaw, Grampian, Scotland

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