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Kinalty,cursus 500m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6484 / 56°38'54"N

Longitude: -3.0518 / 3°3'6"W

OS Eastings: 335603

OS Northings: 751224

OS Grid: NO356512

Mapcode National: GBR VH.G325

Mapcode Global: WH7QJ.3513

Entry Name: Kinalty,cursus 500m E of

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6309

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cursus/bank barrow

Location: Airlie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a pit-defined cursus of Neolithic date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The cursus lies on a distinct level terrace in otherwise sloping arable farmland at around 80m OD. It comprises 2 parallel lines of substantial pits running N-S for a distance of approximately 150m. The lines of pits are set some 30m apart and join in a rounded terminal at the S end. The N terminal is less clear but may lie some 25m S of the N edge of the field. The interior is subdivided by a transverse line of pits about 125m from the S end.

Cursus monuments represent ritual sites of the Neolithic period and are found widely across Britain. The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is polygonal with maximum dimensions of 220m N-S by 90m E-W 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 ritual and belief. The monument may be expected to contain burials and other deliberate deposits reflecting religious beliefs of the Neolithic period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 35 SE 32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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