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Drumstone,ring ditch 270m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Westhill and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.1767 / 57°10'36"N

Longitude: -2.3313 / 2°19'52"W

OS Eastings: 380066

OS Northings: 809594

OS Grid: NJ800095

Mapcode National: GBR XC.LLX1

Mapcode Global: WH8P9.5W33

Entry Name: Drumstone,ring ditch 270m SW of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6079

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Skene

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Westhill and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a ring ditch, probably of the mid to late prehistoric period. It appears in an arable field as a mark in a cereal crop; experience shows that further remains are likely to survive within and around the visible mark in areas not susceptible to cropmarks.

The ring ditch is about 18m in diameter and appears as a broad trace with a probable break or entrance in the N side. It may be the remains of a house or of a funerary structure, perhaps a ditched burial mound.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter centred on the ring ditch to include the ring ditch and an area around it in which further remains associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric ring ditch, the remains of either a domestic or funerary structure. Even though the area is under the plough experience shows that important archaeological deposits and structures are likely to survive below plough level. Whether the structure is of domestic or of funerary origin it has the potential to increase our knowledge of prehistoric activity in Northern Scotland. The monument is of particular importance because it may be associated and contemporary with other prehistoric remains which survive in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 80 NW 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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