Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle
Stone circles are common throughout the British Isles, but the type of circle represented at Easter Aquhorthies is found only in north-east Scotland, where there are around a hundred.
Their characteristic feature is a large stone set on its side (recumbent) and flanked by two upright stones, usually on the south or south-west arc of the circle. The tallest stones of the circle are also usually on the same arc.
Easter Aquhorthies is one of the more well known recumbent stone circles, dating from around 3000 BC. Why our Neolithic ancestors built them isn’t known. They may have been used for astronomical observation, to help the local farming community follow the changing seasons. The moon at midsummer, for instance, would have been framed by the recumbent stone and its flankers. Another possibility is that they were built to frame sacred landscape features.
Easter Aquhorthies is located near Inverurie in North East Scotland.