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embee | 13:08 Wed 24th Sep 2008 | Religion & Spirituality
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On a trip to Scotland I saw what looked as if they could have been stone wells in the undergrowth at the side of the road. They were circular, about 3 ft in diameter and 3ft high. They were topped by a circular stone about 6" thickness which covered the whole structure. The top lid had a design round the outside and at first it looked a bit like a car tyre. There were 2 of these 'monuments' about 6-8ft apart. They were not in line with the road but at an angle. They had obviously been there for a long time and no doubt before the road had been built. Can anybody please tell me what they were?









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Embee, I don't know the answer, but I really hope someone else does. I'd like to know too.
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Thanks Naomi24 for taking the trouble to write. I too hope someone can tell me what they are.
I loved Zacsmaster's answer when you posted this in History.
Haggis hutches LOL
Whereabouts in Scotland are these things, embee?
try this website to see if has what you descibe

http://www.scotland-inverness.co.uk/stones.htm

Sorry I cant do a proper link, this new computer won't let me copy and paste
It might be a small cairn, or a Victorian installation for roadside drainage (manholes, storm drains etc). Without a real idea of �how old� or some pictures, it really is difficult to guess or point you in the right direction.
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If the carvings in the stone seem similar to Pictish carvings, then the structure might have been the access chamber � or some say sacrificial chamber � for an Iron Age broch.

Google �Minehowe� or the underground cellar at �Broch of Gurness�. Unlikely, but you never know.

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