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Craigend of Careston, enclosure 600m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7338 / 56°44'1"N

Longitude: -2.7401 / 2°44'24"W

OS Eastings: 354815

OS Northings: 760480

OS Grid: NO548604

Mapcode National: GBR WS.YYK5

Mapcode Global: WH7Q8.W0CM

Entry Name: Craigend of Careston, enclosure 600m NE of

Scheduled Date: 11 April 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6647

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Brechin

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a low ridge in arable farmland at around 140m OD, and would have commanded extensive views, particularly to the S. It comprises a roughly oval enclosure some 140m E-W by at least 30m within double ditches. The ditches are approximately 3-4m wide and about 10m apart. The S side of the enclosure is formed by a steep scarp. The S part of the interior is crossed by a modern road

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 220m ENE-WSW by 120m, and excludes the modern road, verges and roadside boundaries, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 56 SW 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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