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Turfachie, ring ditches south of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7126 / 56°42'45"N

Longitude: -2.9541 / 2°57'14"W

OS Eastings: 341694

OS Northings: 758281

OS Grid: NO416582

Mapcode National: GBR VK.S1T5

Mapcode Global: WH7Q5.LJJX

Entry Name: Turfachie, ring ditches S of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6528

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Tannadice

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


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

The cropmarks lie on fairly level ground in arable farmland at around 110m OD. They comprise at least three ring ditches, from 5-10m in diameter, with ditches up to about 2m wide. These represent the remains of former timber roundhouses. Around the ring ditches are scattered a number of pits.

The area to be scheduled is divided into two circular portions encompassing the remains described and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. The NE part has a diameter of 40m while the SW part has a diameter of 70m 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 later prehistoric settlement, economy and house construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 45 NW 15 and 16.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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