Murthly Hospital

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Site Type STONE CIRCLE, CINERARY URN(S)
Canmore ID 28591
Site Number NO13NW 4
NGR NO 1027 3851
Council PERTH AND KINROSS
Parish LITTLE DUNKELD
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former District PERTH AND KINROSS
Former County PERTHSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NO13NW 4 1027 3851.

(NO 1027 3851) Stone Circle (NR)
OS 6" map (1959)

Prior to the laying-out of the asylum at Murthly in 1863-4, this stone circle stood out prominently in an open field but it is now planted and surrounded by an earthen mound. It is probable that the circle originally comprised 8 stones, of which 5 remain ranging from 3 1/2 to 8ft in height.
In 1863-4, some cinerary urns were found within a few yards of the circle, some in groups of 2 and 3 and one series arranged in a circle. One example however, was buried alone, and contained partly burnt human bones, possibly of a child, together with a perforated bone object, probably a button or plaything.
F R Coles 1908; A Mitchell 1873

Generally as described and planned by the above. The urns were not located.
Resurveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (RD) 28 February 1969.

 
Books and References

Burl, {H} A {W} (1976a) The stone circles of the British Isles, London and New Haven
Page(s): 195, 363 Held at RCAHMS E.7.BUR

Coles and Simpson, J M and D D A (1965) 'The excavation of a neolithic round barrow at Pitnacree, Perthshire, Scotland', Proc Prehist Soc, New, vol.31
Page(s): 49, no.50

Coles, F R (1908) 'Report on stone circles surveyed in Perthshire - North Eastern section; with measured plans and drawings (obtained under the Gunning Fellowship)', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.42
Page(s): 158-61 figs 58, 59

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