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Westfield,enclosure south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Forfar and District, Angus

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6344 / 56°38'3"N

Longitude: -2.9085 / 2°54'30"W

OS Eastings: 344366

OS Northings: 749546

OS Grid: NO443495

Mapcode National: GBR VM.50CB

Mapcode Global: WH7QL.9H7T

Entry Name: Westfield,enclosure SW of

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6054

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual or funerary)

Location: Forfar

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Forfar and District

Traditional County: Angus

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric enclosure, probably of ritual function, represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The enclosure lies on level arable and pasture land at around 70m OD, close to the modern houses at Westfield. It is bisected by a modern field boundary which divides the enclosure between a pasture field to the NE and an arable field to the SW. The cropmark is, therefore, visible only in the W field. The visible sector of the enclosure is defined by a semi-circular ditch some 6m wide and a projected diameter of approximately 120m.

There are no unambiguous traces of internal buildings or deposits. The monument lies some 200m S of a group of three other enclosures, a fourth having been recently destroyed some distance to the E. The close proximity of these enclosures, and their form, suggests that they represent a focus of ritual rather than domestic significance.

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 150m, excluding a modern track, 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric ritual practice. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the nearby group of ritual enclosures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NO 44 NW 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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