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Balkello,standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5324 / 56°31'56"N

Longitude: -3.0366 / 3°2'11"W

OS Eastings: 336336

OS Northings: 738301

OS Grid: NO363383

Mapcode National: GBR VJ.9DKS

Mapcode Global: WH7R3.B27J

Entry Name: Balkello,standing stone

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6145

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Tealing

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Angus

Description

The monument comprises a standing stone of prehistoric date. The monument stands in a prominent position in an arable field at around 700m OD, commanding extensive views over the surrounding area. The stone stands to a height of some 3m, tapering to the top. It has no apparent distinctive markings. The stone is likely to represent a ritual monument of Neolithic or Early Bronze Age date, although its prominent position in the landscape may have given it significance in later periods. The area to be scheduled encompasses the stone and an area around it in which buried deposits relating to the original emplacement and use of the stone may be expected to survive. It is semi-circular with a diameter of 20m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prominent and well-preserved Neolithic or Early Bronze Age ritual site. As well as contributing to the character of the landscape, the stone may be accompanied by deposits which could contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NO 33 NE 26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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