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Barns,enclosure 300m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0426 / 57°2'33"N

Longitude: -2.4275 / 2°25'39"W

OS Eastings: 374157

OS Northings: 794693

OS Grid: NO741946

Mapcode National: GBR X6.VGRQ

Mapcode Global: WH8Q0.P77X

Entry Name: Barns,enclosure 300m W of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6086

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Durris

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a circular enclosure probably of the mid to late prehistoric period. It appears on a slight shelf in an arable field as a mark in a cereal crop; experience shows that further remains are likely to survive around and within the visible mark in areas not susceptible to cropmarks.

The circular enclosure is visible as a broad trace of about 30m in diameter, probably representing a ditch. Within this there are indications of a narrower concentric trench, and possibly a circular structure in the centre.

The area to be scheduled measures 70m in diameter centred on the circular enclosure to include the enclosure 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. All modern fences within the area are specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric circular enclosure. Even though the area is under the plough experience shows that important archaeological deposits and structures will survive below plough level. The enclosure is probably the remains of an enclosure surrounding a dwelling. The monument has the potential to increase our knowledge of the building and occupation of the site and is of particular importance because structures of this type are not commonly preserved; it can also be related to other broadly contemporary remains in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 79 SW 50.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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