'Stannin' Steens' The hill forts of Tap O'Noth to the south above Rhynie and Bennachie to the south east are constant reminders of ancient civilizations that populated the fertile north-eastern coastal plain. Neolithic communities (3,000-2,000 BC) made hundreds of standing stone circles possibly for sacred rituals connected to the moon and changing seasons. Many survive unmarked as rocky clusters in fields. Christian churches were deliberately built on circle sites. 'Stannin' Steens' can be seen at the base of the Duke of Richmond's statue in the Square. Carved Pictish (4-9AD) symbol stones of fish, birds, deer or symbols can be found in the Rhynie Old Kirkyard and at Leith Hall, Kennethmont.

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