Recumbent Stone Circle, The Nine Stanes, Garrol, Aberdeenshire

Black and white photograph, 1904
RCAHMS: James Ritchie collection

This historic photograph was taken by James Ritchie (1850-1925) during the restoration of the recumbent stone circle following its excavation by Frederick Coles,  Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Scotland (Coles is seated clutching the measuring staff).  These Bronze Age funerary monuments are restricted to the North-East of Scotland and Coles worked between 1899 and 1911 to make a detailed record of all the stone circles and standing stones in the area.

The most distinctive elements of the circle are the large recumbent stone bordered by two tall uprights or ‘flankers’, from which the remaining stones were graded in height.