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Ballochan,hut circles 350m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.004 / 57°0'14"N

Longitude: -2.7795 / 2°46'46"W

OS Eastings: 352752

OS Northings: 790581

OS Grid: NO527905

Mapcode National: GBR WR.DVHK

Mapcode Global: WH7NX.87P1

Entry Name: Ballochan,hut circles 350m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6081

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Birse

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises three hut circles and a group of clearance cairns, probably of the later prehistoric period, situated close to the N bank of the Water of Feugh.

The easternmost hut circle measures about 15m in diameter with the wall spread to about 5m wide. To the west of the track which runs across the site are two further hut circles, with internal diameters of 7m. Around the circles are the remains of at least 12 field clearance cairns.

The area to be scheduled, which contains the hut circles, the clearance cairns and may contain further features associated with their construction and use, is split into two parts by a modern track, which, with the fence bounding it on the west, is excluded from scheduling.

The western area measures a maximum of 120m NW to SE by a maximum of 60m transversely, bounded on the NE and SE by tracks (which are excluded); the eastern area measures a maximum of 100m NW to SE, by a maximum of 50m transversely, bounded by tracks (which are excluded from the scheduling) on the NW and NE sides, all as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric settlement with cultivation remains. It is situated near to other areas of settlement, clearance and cultivation which have survived in the upper valley of the Feugh and which date from both the prehistoric and the early historic periods. As part of this complex the monument can provide information about the early history of settlement and cultivation, especially in the upland areas of Scotland. It is of particular importance because the hut circles are set within their broadly contemporary field system giving an opportunity for study of a prehistoric settlement within its original agricultural context.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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