Cullerlie Stone Circle
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This circle consists of 8 rough boulders set in a circle 10.1m in diameter.
An outer ring of standing stones inside which are seven small burial cairns. It has been renovated.
Excavation by Kilbride-Jones in 1934 revealed quite a surprise lying hidden under the peat. No less than eight small cairns were found within the circle. The largest cairn at the centre of the circle (measuring 3.4m in diameter) comprised of eleven kerbstones and a central capstone-covered pit. This pit contained oak charcoal to a depth of 25cm and fragments of human bone. Between the central cairn and the outer circle were a further seven cairns, six of which contained evidence of cremations in the form of oak or hazel charcoal. The area within the stone circle also contained a large amount of willow charcoal. Flint was also found during the excavation.
Excavation has established the following construction sequence:
A pit was dug in the centre of the circle and used as a fire pit. A small cairn with a pronounced kerb was built over this pit and seven smaller cairns were constructed inside the circle on top of the ash layer.
Some love this site, others say its a garden project. Whatever you feel, 8 cairns within a circle is unusual.
This site is not likely to be of interest to New Age groups.
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