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Shielhill,pit alignments north of Shielhill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7081 / 56°42'29"N

Longitude: -2.9398 / 2°56'23"W

OS Eastings: 342561

OS Northings: 757774

OS Grid: NO425577

Mapcode National: GBR VK.SK2M

Mapcode Global: WH7Q5.TN9B

Entry Name: Shielhill,pit alignments N of Shielhill Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6348

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: pit alignment (r

Location: Kirriemuir

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of pit alignments and other features of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 105m OD close to the S bank of the River South Esk. It comprises several alignments of large pits of a type known from excavations elsewhere in eastern Scotland as ritual monuments of the Neolithic. In the NE part of the site are a series of dark cropmarks apparently representing the remains of former buildings, possibly associated with the pit alignments.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the features described above and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is divided by a modern road into two irregular areas. The more westerly has maximum dimensions of 320m NE-SW by 80m while the more easterly has maximum dimensions of 250m N-S by 180m, both 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 practices. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to similar sites in the immediate vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 45 NW 25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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