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Recumbent stone circle, Scotland
Recumbent stone circle, Scotland Image: stu smith (wikimedia)

Rare Stonehenge-Like Monument in Scotland Has Single ‘Recumbent’ Stone

Recumbent stone circle, Scotland
Recumbent stone circle, Scotland Image: stu smith (wikimedia)

An ancient circle of standing stones was recently “discovered” by archaeologists in Scotland. Local farmers have known about it for generations, but archaeologists only learned about it in November of last year, after the land where it was located was sold.

The ancient monumental structure — thought to be between 3,500 and 4,500 years old — consists of 10 stones and is an example of a “recumbent” stone circle, a style unique to the northeast of Scotland and the south-west of Ireland. This style has a large “recumbent” stone lying on its side between two upright stones, or “flankers,” in the southwest of the circle.

More than 90 recumbent stone circles built during the Neolithic period are known to exist in northeast Scotland.

Read the full article on LiveScience.