The graffiti vandalism of an ancient relic of the North-east’s past has been branded an “absolute disgrace” by a city councillor.
The Lang Stane has stood at the corner of Langstane Place and Dee Street since at least 1746.
Before that, the granite slab is believed to have been part of a prehistoric stone circle, the likes of which were dotted all across fields and hilltops throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire thousands of years ago.
But now, the stone, which had also been used as a boundary marker for Craibstone Croft, has been vandalised with spray paint.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said the local authority would work with the police to find out who vandalised the historic rock, which was placed in its current spot when Union Street was built.
Councillor Alex Nicoll said: “This kind of act is absolutely disgraceful. Graffiti is a real blight on communities, and especially when it’s done in such a public place. The city takes great efforts to try to present itself to visitors in a nice way, and the cost of removing this graffiti is really substantial.”