‘Ancient’ Aberdeenshire stone circle found to be replica

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[Editor’s note: This story illustrates the great difficulty in dating stone monuments and explains why orthodox history is so wrong about the antiquity of many ancient sites such as the pyramids of Giza, the temple at Baalbek, Machu Pichu, Puma Punco etc.Ian]

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‘Ancient’ Aberdeenshire stone circle found to be replica

An Aberdeenshire stone circle initially thought to be thousands of years old has been identified as a modern replica.

An investigation into the site at the parish of Leochel-Cushnie found the stones to be about 20 years old.

It was originally thought to be the site of a recumbent stone circle – until the man who built it came forward.

The findings sparked excitement among experts and were widely reported.

They were initially celebrated as an authentic recumbent stone circle by Adam Welfare of Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council’s Archaeology Service.

Further archaeological analysis of the stones was being conducted when a former owner of the farm contacted Mr Welfare to say he had built the stone circle in the 1990s.

‘Great feature’

Neil Ackerman, historic environment record assistant at Aberdeenshire Council, said the development was “disappointing”, but hoped the site would still be appreciated.


He said: “I hope the stones continue to be used and enjoyed – while not ancient it is still in a fantastic location and makes for a great feature in the landscape.

“These types of monument are notoriously difficult to date.”

Recumbent stone circles were constructed about 3,500 to 4,500 years ago and are unique to the north east of Scotland.

Their defining feature is a large horizontal stone flanked by two upright stones, usually situated between the south-east to south-west of the circle.


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  1. It seems to me that stones can or will be very, very old but perhaps not moved around or used as a man-made structure. Rock, stones, etc. are formed on many levels of the earths crust and underground at different times and using varying materials. Carbon dating of stones would make for an accurate time-table of how old the stones are, but old stones can be moved around by modern day man at any time. The article is a bit misleading as it says the stones were 20 years old, but I think it meant to say that the circle of stones were only 20 years old….do you see what I mean? Carol

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