Recumbent Stone Circles

Recumbent Stone Circles

This film was the first produced by Dip in Video and describes the current thinking on recumbent stone circles –a variation of stone circles unique to the North East of Scotland. The film explains changing interpretations of these magnificent structures and discusses recent conclusions on their meaning and purpose. The programme includes film of some of the most impressive of the circles including Tomnaverie, East Auquorthies and Loanhead of Daviot.

List of Stone Circles included in this film

Clava Cairns

Clune Woods

Easter Aquhorthies



Loanhead of Daviot

Midmar Kirk

Nine Staines




The script was based on the following sources:

Adam Welfare: Great crowns of stone: the recumbent stone circles of Scotland RCAHMS 2011

In the shadow of Bennachie: a field archaeology of Donside, Aberdeenshire RCAHMS 2007

Richard Bradley: The moon and The bonfire: an investigation of three stone circles in North- East Scotland SAS 2005

Aubrey Burl: A guide to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany 2005

Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service

  • A licence agreement has been signed with Scran on behalf of The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
  • Past Horizons (Adventures in Archaeology) have featured it on Past Horizons TV and promoted it on Facebook. This resulted in over 1000 "Plays" in just one week!
  • Celebrate Scotland are hosting the video on their website and on their YouTube channel.