Doune (Glenhead)

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The alignment stones seems to mimic the prominent Dumyat peaks 9km to the ESE 

Location

Scotland Stirling Central Scotland NN 75491 00448
Lat 56.180344   Long -4.0074003

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Plan of the Glenhead alignment. From Allen, J.R., 1882,87.

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The cup-marked stone (Allen, J.R., 1882, 88).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 8.5m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 22.5° Altitude: 110m
Upper end: – Lower end:
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  –
Notes: The northern stone is split into two parts. The northern part lies on the ground.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Photographs

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Looking south west along the row. Copyright: George Currie

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View from the south east with the Scottish Highlands beyond.

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View from the south east (Scale 1m). The slightest movement dramatically changes the character of the background.

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View from the south west (Scale 1m).

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View from north west (Scale 1m). The stone on the left would have originally stood much higher before it was split. This would have meant that the row would have mimicked the Dunyak Peaks beyond. If so this might suggest the end stones always leaned.

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View from north west (Scale 1m).

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The split stone. Part of the stone remains upright but the larger part is now recumbent. View from east (Scale 1m). 

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View from above and south east (Scale 1m).

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View from above and south (Scale 1m).

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View from above and north west (Scale 1m).

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View from above and north (Scale 1m). Split stone in the foreground.

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Cup-marked stone. View from above and north west.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NN 75268 00334. From here enter the field to the east. The row will soon appear on the skyline.  This row is situated in an arable field and therefore access is not normally available during the spring and summer months.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Society of Antiquaries Scotland (pg. 87) 

Other References

Allen, J R., 1882, ‘Notes on some undescribed stones with cup markings in Scotland’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 16, 1881-2. Page(s): 87-9 Plan, fig.7, illust.

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 224.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 197.

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