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Waterside,hut circles west of

A Scheduled Monument in Banchory and Mid Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0705 / 57°4'13"N

Longitude: -2.7719 / 2°46'18"W

OS Eastings: 353292

OS Northings: 797980

OS Grid: NO532979

Mapcode National: GBR WR.8PS4

Mapcode Global: WH7NJ.DK81

Entry Name: Waterside,hut circles W of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6080

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Birse

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the well-preserved remains of two substantial hut circles, houses of the later prehistoric period, around 2500 years ago.

Both circles take the form of low turf-covered banks. The eastern circle measures 17m in diameter with a possible entrance in the west. The western circle measures 16m in diameter. The area appears not to have suffered intensive agriculture.

The area to be scheduled measures 100m E to W by 30m transversely, bounded on the south by a modern fence (which is specifically excluded from the scheduling) to include the two circles and an area around them in which traces of activity associated with their 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 well preserved pair of prehistoric houses, which are an unusual survival in a lowland area, where most sites have been damaged or destroyed by modern agriculture. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 59 NW 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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