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- HER number: MEL1427
- Site Name: Mayshiel
- Grid Reference: 362980 664649
- Civil Parish:
- Summary: Possible kerb of cairn
- Description: NT66SW 10 6298 6465.
(NT 6298 6465) Stones (NR)
OS 25" map (1969)
Stone Circle, Mayshiel: This setting of stones is situated at over 900ft OD, 10 yards S of the roadside. It consists of seven earthfast blocks which measure up to 2 1/4ft long, enclosing a very slightly depressed area about 9ft in diameter. A very low bank surrounds the stones. Two stones lying 10ft farther down the hill have probably been removed from the S arc of the circle.
RCAHMS 1924, visited 1913; R W Feachem 1963.
When visited in 1966, this feature was as described above. Though OS (WDJ) stated that its significance was uncertain, he was unaware of Feachem's description, and the comparison he draws with stone circle NT14SW 4. (The latter is described by the RCAHMS in 1967 as a stone circle, probably of Middle Bronze Age date.)
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 13 April 1966
This semi-circular group of seven earthfast boulders lies on a slight southerly hill-slope and resembles the kerb of a cairn rather than a stone circle. The boulders, the largest of which is 0.7m by 0.6m and 0.7m high, protrude from an amorphous peat bank; the full boulder circle would have been approximately 3.2m in diameter. The downhill side opens on to featureless moorland and four earthfast boulders lie nearby; in their present position, however, they do not form part of the feature. The interior is covered by a disturbed spread of peat which may hide other boulders and stone. The date and purpose of the feature are obscure, but it cannot be classified as a stone circle from the surviving visible remains.
Surveyed at 1/10,000.
Visited by OS (MJF) 20 June 1979.
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- Bibliographic reference: Feachem, R W. 1963b. A guide to prehistoric Scotland, 1st edition. 76.
- Bibliographic reference: RCAHMS. 1924. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Eighth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of East Lothian. 141, No.238. fig.180.