考古学家在苏格兰“发现”了一个小巨石阵

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Archaeologists have “discovered” a Stonehenge-like circle in rural Scotland, only to find that farmers and locals have known about it for generations. The complete stone circle is near Alford, and was reported by Fiona Bain whose family has farmed the land for years. It is thought that the circle was constructed around 3,500-4,500 years ago and each stone stands about three feet high. 
Adam Welfare from Historic Environment Scotland explained how the monument in Leochel-Cushnie was different from other examples found. He said, “Its diameter is about three metres smaller than any known so far and it is unusual in that all the stones are small.”
Although news to archaeologists, locals have been walking their dogs past the monument for years. One member of a Scottish farming family, now in her 80s, said she remembered seeing the stone circle at some time in the 1930s. However the circle was on farmland and far from main roads, meaning it wasn’t easy to notice. 
Mr Ackerman added that the stone circle near Alford may be one of the last complete examples that will be found in the northeast area of Scotland. He said, “There are a few parts of Aberdeenshire and the northeast of Scotland in general that aren’t as well-surveyed as other areas —and this is one of the areas that had less work done on it in the past.” 
This newly-recognised stone circle will add to the understanding of this period of the prehistory of northeast Scotland and of these sites. Chair of the Marr Area Committee, Moira Ingleby, said, “Adding it to the record of known sites will add to the understanding of these fantastic monuments that are unique to the area.” 

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