One thing about ancient civilizations is that the people that made things out of stone get remembered a lot better than the people that used only wood or earth fixtures. The people that lived in Scotland 2000-3000 years ago were believers in stone as is evidenced by the hundreds and hundreds of stone sites that remain. This feature of Scotland’s landscape was complete news to me when we moved here. Yes I had heard of Stonehenge of course, but did you know that there are hundreds of other stone circles scattered throughout the island? Me neither.
Aberdeenshire is literally thick with these things, just take a look at this Megalithic map. We have gone hunting for these things for fun (we are easily entertained) and here are some of our ‘finds’ from last fall. But we are amateurs compared to this guy, The Northern Antiquarian , who I follow with envy.
Cullerlie Stone Circle
This was probably the best ‘presented’ circle we visited, having been well kept at least of late. The center circles were burial cists where ashes were deposited. The outer ring possibly aligning with seasonal moon or sun activity.
Then there are the sites where one must use one’s imagination! Like this one:
Campstone Hill Ring Cairns
We set out on a not well marked hike to find Roman ruins, ring cairns and a standing stone-all in one hike! And we did! A bit of bush-wacking and muddy sheep pasture later we found a Roman trench thought to be the site of a Roman versus Caledonian battle around 86AD!!! Crazy!
And lastly, going on a bit further, the Auquhollie Standing Stone
It may look innocent enough but the marks on the side are an ancient Irish language, Ogham. I know, crazy! Never had heard of it…
More tromping about to come on the ancient stone hunt!
What’s the oldest ancient site you’ve ever visited?