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Visit Croft Moraig Stone Circle Scotland

Saturday, November 08, 2008

This evening, I am posting some recent images of Croft Moraig Stone Circle which is located four miles west of Aberfeldy in Perthshire.

The circle stands at the north-east of Loch Tay on low ground below steep mountainside. The stones are of local schist and stand on an artificial platform.

Excavation in 1965 revealed:

  • First phase was Late Neolithic, around 3000BC and consisted of some 14 heavy timber posts arranged in a horseshoe pattern. A boulder lay at the centre with a scatter of burnt bone nearby. There was a constricted entrance composed of two pairs of wooden uprights. A ditch surrounded the monument.
  • The posts were subsequently replaced by eight stones graded in height towards the SSW. A kerbed rubble bank enclosed the stones.
  • Finally, a circle about 12 meters in diameter, of 12 big stones, was erected around the horseshoe. To the ESE some 5.5m outside the ring two stones were erected which formed an entrance.

Croft Moraig is easily accessible, very close to the main Kenmore-Aberfeldy road, and is worth a visit to ponder on the mindset of the stone age people


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Machrie Moor Standing Stones Tour

Thursday, February 07, 2008

This evening I am marshalling some images from a 2007 stone circles tour.

Machrie is a very rich site being located on a remote part of the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland.

This site is a fascinating collection of prehistoric monuments, chambered tombs, hut circles and six megalithic rings.

The variety of design suggests that the various structures were erected over a span of hundreds of years in what may have been a sacred area.Will we ever know why they were built and what precise function they served? The scale of the task in transporting and shaping the stones would suggest a wealthy and hierarchical society about 4000-5000 years ago.


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Clava Cairns Tour

Friday, February 01, 2008

Today, I am presenting some images of Clava Cairns which is a 'must' for persons interested in pre-history and are visiting the Inverness area of Scotland.

The Balnuaran of Clava is a well preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns which were built about 2000BC. The site consists of:

  • The North-East Cairn, a passage grave aligned to the mid winter solstice.
  • The Central Cairn, which is a ring cairn as distinct from a passage grave.
  • The Kerb Cairn comprising a small ring of boulders located close to the central ring cairn.
  • The South-West Cairn, which is almost identical to the other passage grave and shares the same winter solstice orientation.
There is free entrance to this impressive site.

Explore Britain's pre-history with Catswhiskerstours


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Croft Moraig Stone Circle Tour Perthshire

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Croft Moraig (Mary's Croft) consists of a circle of twelve heavy stones with a further two forming an eastern entrance. There is a cupmarked recumbent stone positioned on the south west bank.

This is a good example of a stone circle dating back about 5000 years. Access is easy.


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Prehistory Tour Scotland

Friday, October 12, 2007

On the boat to Staffa
Medieval grave markers at Kilmartin Church

Prehistoric burial at Kilmartin Glen

Inside tomb at Kilmartin Glen. Grave slab has cup markings.

Kilmartin Glen burial site

Ancient rock carvings at Achnabreck

Female deer (hind) takes an afternoon stroll at Lochranza, Arran

Tour guide at Arran Distillery

Stag on road near Lochranza, Arran

Your tour guide at Druid's Stone, Arran

Sheila and Stu at the Druid's Stone

View of Holy Isle from Arran

Finding elusive stone circle between Brodick and Lamlash, Arran

Early morning view of Goat Fell, Arran

Inside Great Hall at Stirling Castle

External view of Great Hall, Stirling Castle

View from Stirling Castle to Wallace Monument

Another view of the Wallace Monument with Ochills

Watching salmon leaping up River Braan from Ossian's Hall

Tree silhouetted in the sun at Ossian's Hall

Afternoon view at Acharn Burn

Exhaustion on reaching the stone circle overlooking Loch Tay!!

Another view of the stone circle high up on the hill.

Falls of Acharn
A rare unicorn sheep, near Acharn

Kenmore Hotel, North end of Loch Tay

Church at Kenmore in the fall.

Rock Art on Ben Lawers.

Rock art revealed at Ben Lawers

Archaeologists discover stone artifacts around cup-and-ring marked rocks in Perthshire.

A small team of archaeologists working on the National Trust for Scotland’s ground at Ben Lawers, Perthshire, has uncovered traces of rock art that could date back into the Neolithic period, 5000 years ago. Professor Richard Bradley, from the University of Reading, and Aaron Watson are leading the team of specialists. A recent survey, undertaken as part of the Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project, of the north side of Loch Tay recorded a large number of previously unknown cup-and–ring marked rocks. The site chosen for excavation is on one of the terraces along the hillside with spectacular views down the loch to Kenmore. The archaeologists have been excavating small trenches around the bedrock outcrops to try and find any artefactual evidence that might be contemporary with the carving and use of the rock art sites. Already quantities of flaked and worked quartz have been recovered. More surprising, however, was the discovery of two flakes of Arran pitchstone.nt style=""> This is a volcanic glass that is only found on the isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde and must have been brought to the site at Ben Lawers.p>

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Aaron Watson has studied numbers of these sites including some in Kilmartiass="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_43">n Glen, in Argyll. ‘What is important about our current work is trying to move beyond simply studying the individual motifs to finding evidence for the people who made, used and understood these sites’.nt style="">

‘The discovery of artifacts around these rock art sites is a major step forward in our understanding of Scotland’s prehistoric past’ said Derek Alexander, West Region Archaeologist for the National Trust for Scotland, ‘once again the National Nature Reserve at Ben Lawers has benefited from some of the country’s leading experts in their field’.nt>


Would you like to learn more about the archaeological work at Ben Lawers and the National Trust for Scotland? For further information contact:

Aaron Watson, freelance archaeologist 07092201012

(Project Co-Director)

Derek Alexander NTS West Region Archaeologist 0141 616 5120

07887 577933

View of Loch Tay looking north towards Kenmore. Fantastic weather for October!

Reflections in Loch Awe

Experimental archaeology at the Crannog Centre
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View of the Crannog, Loch Tay
This is where we found the rock art, high on Ben Lawers

View of Loch Tay from Ben Lawers.

Cloisters at Iona Abbey

Circa 9th century Pictish grave marker at Iona

Inside Iona Abbey

External view of Iona Abbey

Ruined Nunnery at Iona

View of Staffa with Fingal's Cave
Columns on Staffa caused by 60m year old volcano
Hexagonal blocks caused by cooling volcanic lava ( Staffa)

Inside of Fingal's Cave

More volcanic residue on Staffa
Aspect of Staffa.
Prehistoric rock carvings at Achnabreck, Kilmartin Glen

Castle at Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Mushroom hunters at lodgings on Brodick, Arran

Ancient rock carvings, near Brodick on Arran

Machrie Moor stone circles, Arran

This may be the remians of a kist burial (Machrie Moor, Arran).

A very well worked circular stone on Machrie Moor-purpose??


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