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Milton of Ruthven,ring ditch 250m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6268 / 56°37'36"N

Longitude: -3.1517 / 3°9'6"W

OS Eastings: 329434

OS Northings: 748924

OS Grid: NO294489

Mapcode National: GBR VF.1HSY

Mapcode Global: WH6PB.KPDN

Entry Name: Milton of Ruthven,ring ditch 250m NE of

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6298

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Ruthven

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a ring ditch of prehistoric date and associated features represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 70m OD on a highly prominent knoll some 300m from the NE bank of the River Isla. It comprises a ring ditch of some 10m in diameter. The ditch is approximately 2m wide. SE of the ring ditch is a short stretch of linear ditch and between the two are numerous slight cropmark features.

The ring ditch appears to represent the remains of a former timber roundhouse of later prehistoric date while the associated features suggest that deposits relating to the use of areas adjacent to the house may survive.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 50m as marked 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. The deposits in and around the ring ditch may be expected to contain information relating to the activities and domestic organisation of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 NE 40.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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