The authors would like to thank the National Trust for Scotland and Mr Gareth Clingan at the Crathes Castle Estate for their generous support in carrying out this work. Bruce Mann at Aberdeenshire Council assisted greatly in providing access to aerial photographs of Warren Field and we would also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland for their assistance in carrying out a preliminary aerial photographic survey of pit groups in the region. Will Herman took the excellent picture of a birch forest in winter. Professor Richard Bradley and Professor Kevin Edwards helped greatly by commenting on the ideas and text provided here. The authors also extend their thanks to the independent reviewers from Internet Archaeology for their advice and guidance on the text. The survey teams from Birmingham, Bradford and St Andrews are part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project carried out in conjunction with the Ludwig Boltzmann Society for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology and the EPSRC GG-TOP project.

Finally, specific thanks are extended to Laura Bates for hosting the entire geophysics team over a weekend. It must have felt like drawing a short straw but we enjoyed the stay immensely - we hope to return very soon!


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