Hill o'Many Stanes

Caithness is known for its stone rows; just have a look at the Hill O' Many Stanes at Mid Clyth. The stones themselves are extremely unremarkable as standing stones go they kind of look as if someone has just thrown them in a field with the tallest amongst them less than a metre tall. What sets this apart from all other Scottish stone rows is the fact that there are over 200 of the stonesIf you look closer you will see that the stones are laid out in twenty-two almost parallel rows running down a hillside although the rows actually fan out a little from top to bottom of the fieldIn Megalithic Lunar Observatories (Oxford University Press 1971) Alexander Thom presented evidence that the stone rows were in effect a Bronze Age lunar observatory tracking lunar movements over a cycle of 18.6 years. However more than twenty similar stone rows are now known in Caithness and Sutherland and none of the others has been linked with astronomical observationsIn Britain stone rows of this kind are unknown outside Caithness and Sutherland but similar rows of much taller stones are found in BrittanyBut this Fascinating article states that these 4000 year old stones may have had a different significancePreviously it was believed the stones were a guide to the movement of the moon. But academics from Glasgow University perhaps have an even more tantalising theory - that each stone was laid when a member of a nearby Bronze Age community passed away

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