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'Ancient' stone circle found to be replica

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An Aberdeenshire stone circle initially thought to be thousands of years old has been identified as a modern replica.

An investigation into the site at the parish of Leochel-Cushnie found the stones to be about 20 years old.

It was originally thought to be the site of a recumbent stone circle - until the man who built it came forward.

The findings sparked excitement among experts and were widely reported.


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A stone circle in northeast Scotland that archaeologists thought was built thousands of years ago has turned out to be just a few decades old.

Earlier this month, archaeologists from Aberdeenshire Council and the Historic Environment Scotland agency announced that the circle of stones in a remote farm field near Alford, west of Aberdeen, was an ancient example of its kind, between 3,500 and 4,500 years old, Live Science reported on Jan. 9.

More than 90 stone circles with a large "recumbent" stone lying on its side and dating to that period have been found in the northeast of Scotland — but almost nowhere else in the British Isles.

Although the stone circle was thought to be unknown to science, some local people had remembered seeing large stones in that area, which is far away from the main roads. [In Photos: Ancient Stone Monument Discovered in Scotland]

But on Monday (Jan. 21), Aberdeenshire Council archaeologist Neil Ackerman made a melancholy announcement on Twitter — that further research had determined the stone circle near Alford was a relatively modern replica, and not ancient at all.



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The sad part is the archeologists didn't figure it out, the guy that built it had to tell them.

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