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Hallhole, ring-ditch 600m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5428 / 56°32'34"N

Longitude: -3.3297 / 3°19'46"W

OS Eastings: 318336

OS Northings: 739769

OS Grid: NO183397

Mapcode National: GBR V8.XY55

Mapcode Global: WH6PM.TTM2

Entry Name: Hallhole, ring-ditch 600m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7155

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a ring-ditch house of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland and comprises a crescent-shaped cropmark enclosed by a circular ditch. The crescent measures about 10m in length, and the enclosing ditch about 18m in internal diameter. There appears to be an entrance through the ditch on its SE arc.

Ring-ditches such as this have been found on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date. The internal cropmark suggests that floor deposits survive within the former roundhouse.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is sub-circular with a maximum diameter of 60m, bounded on the N by a plantation, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to the understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 13 NE 97.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1990) B44121 NO13NE97.

RCAHMS (1992) B79612 NO13NE97.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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