The researchers assumed that the age of the find is 3500 – 4500 years.Photo by Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service
At the end of 2018, archaeologists discovered a previously unknown stone circle near the city of Alford in northeastern Scotland. It attracted the attention of researchers not only because it was not previously described, but also unusual for such structures: the circle is noticeably smaller than the famous Stonehenge and others, built of smaller stones, there are no typical pyramid of small stones in the center and a curb around the perimeter.
Scientists have preliminarily determined the age of the find at 3500 – 4500 years, and local officials in their statements noted the value of the find.
However, on January 21, the former owner of the farm, on whose land a stone circle was found, contacted archaeologists. He said that he built the building in the 90s.
Neil Ackerman, a representative of the Aberdeenshire Council, (Neil Ackerman), who informed the public about the “unique discovery”, admitted that science can accurately determine the age of the stones themselves, but not the time of their installation. He also noted that the builder of the Alford circle very accurately reproduced the features of real stone monuments.
If you are having an awkward day at work at least you’re not that guy who identified a new prehistoric stone circle to the press that now turns out to be about 20 years old. https://t.co/9EGmb9H3pO
— Neil Ackerman (@ncackerman) January 21, 2019
“Even if you have a bad day at work, at least you are not the guy who told the press about the new prehistoric stone circle, which seems to be about 20 years old”