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Scotland The Quest - Aberdeenshire

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Hidden : 11/30/2013
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Midmar Stone Circle

This multi should only take you about 5 minutes to calculate. All you have to-do is count the number of stones, then do the below calculations and convert the letters to these coordinates N57 08.abc W002 29.def.

a = No of Stones + 1
b = a - 6
c = b - 2
d = a
e = b + 2
f = d



Recumbent Stone Circles are dated to the late 3rd millennium BC and are circles of standing stones whose two tallest stones - on the south-western arc - flank a massive slab laid on its side (the recumbent) and wedges/cocked up to the upper surface is level. The recumbent and its flankers frame the moon rising or settling in the southern sky, thus enabling useful lunar observatio of broad seasonal change to be made by the small farming communities who built the circles.

Found in the rich farmlands of North East Scotland, these circles, usually sited on the crests of hills or terraces with southerly views, are considered to have been communal ritual centres.

Midmar Kirk recumbent is 4.5 metres long and weighs 20 tons and is flanked most impressively by two matching stones 2.5 metres high and resembling enormous canine teeth.

The size and weight of the recumbent show the skill and determination of the circle builders in handling large blocks of stone. They had, after all, no cranes, lorries or made-up roads to help them. This testimony to they skill is reinforced by how they have ensured the upper surface of the recumbent is level. They had to use chocking stones, particularly at the westerly end, to achieve this. This is visible from outside the circle.

The church was built in 1797. The circle was tidied up when the graveyard was laid out around it in 1914. At this time, presumably, at least one stone was re-erected: that standing on the North North East of the circle, since its size does not follow the normal grading down from the flankers. Moreover, the recumbent and the easterly flanker are not exactly on the line of the circle as it is now laid out. The tidying up seems also to have removed traces of a later burial cairn.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gerr Zbhaq

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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