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Milton of Rattray, cursus & enclosed settlement south of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.588 / 56°35'16"N

Longitude: -3.3084 / 3°18'30"W

OS Eastings: 319742

OS Northings: 744775

OS Grid: NO197447

Mapcode National: GBR V9.FWZP

Mapcode Global: WH6PG.4NVX

Entry Name: Milton of Rattray, cursus & enclosed settlement S of

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7172

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded settlement; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cursus/ba

Location: Rattray

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a cursus and enclosure of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on level ground in arable farmland at about 45m OD, close to the N bank of the River Ericht. It comprises a pit-defined cursus, formed by two parallel lines of pits about 20m apart, running E-W for a visible distance of well over 100m. The pits measure about 2-3m in diameter and are set at intervals of about 4m. The terminals of the cursus are not visible.

Immediately to the S of the cursus is a series of cropmarks which appear to form elements of a rectilinear palisaded enclosure, the visible parts measuring about 25m by 10m. A dense, dark cropmark in the SW corner of this enclosure may represent the remains of a former timber structure.

Cursus monuments are elongated ceremonial "avenues" dating to the Neolithic period. The enclosure may be of similar date, but could equally well be a later settlement.

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 irregular in shape, measuring a maximum of 100m N-S by 270m between the easternmost and westernmost points, 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 our understanding of Neolithic ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SE 82.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1990) B38409 NO14SE81, 82, 83.

RCAHMS (1990) B44136 NO14SE81, 82, 83.

RCAHMS (1992) B79673 NO14SE81, 82, 83.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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