St Martins

Location

Scotland Perth and Kinross Central Scotland NO 15950 31220
Lat 56.46564807   Long -3.365722392

Plan of stones and earthwork at St Martins (After Ordnance Survey 1:2500 1965-1976).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 9.1m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 22.5° Altitude: 120m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  –
Notes:

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Uncertain. Originally described as a stone circle, but in more recent years as a stone row.  Ordnance Survey mapping from 1965 – 1976 shows four stones and these can be confortably resolved into the remains of a stone circle. The identification of the site as a stone row appears to have coincided with the removal of the fourth stone.  A nearby earthwork which may have been associated with the stones further confuses the situation. The destruction of the site sadly means that the interpretative problems will never be resolved and the identification of the site is therefore very likley to remain uncertain.

Plan of St Martins stones.  The green circle denotes the possible position, extent and size of the stone circle suggested by the disposition of the stones.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore

Other References

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

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