Region : Strathclyde Home
Island : Arran Map
Town or village : Blackwaterfoot List
Grid Reference : NR 912 323 Glossary
Period : 3rd-2nd millennium BC Bibliography
Machrie Moor 1
(Machrie Moor I)

Machrie Moor 1 image

This ellipse of eleven stones (probably twelve originally), 14.6m x 12.2m in diameter is one of the several stone circles of the important prehistoric ceremonial site of Machrie Moor (Isle of Arran).
The unusual and fascinating feature of this site is the arrangement of its stones: six squat granite boulders alternating with five (once probably six) red sandstone slabs.
Excavation by Aubrey Burl in 1978 revealed that the stone circle was preceded by a timber phase with two concentric settings of posts, the innermost was horseshoe-shaped. No cist was found within the circle.
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