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Shielhill,pit alignments 200m north east of Shielhill Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7058 / 56°42'20"N

Longitude: -2.9363 / 2°56'10"W

OS Eastings: 342769

OS Northings: 757516

OS Grid: NO427575

Mapcode National: GBR VK.SRWK

Mapcode Global: WH7Q5.VQX3

Entry Name: Shielhill,pit alignments 200m NE of Shielhill Farm

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6349

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 a series of pit alignments of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 105m OD close to the W bank of the River S Esk. It comprises a possible pit-defined enclosure of irregular shape measuring some 70m NNW-SSE and 90m ENE-WSW. It is formed by a series of curving alignments of large pits of a type characteristic of Neolithic ritual monuments in this part of Scotland.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described above and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is rectilinear with maximum dimensions of 140m NW-SE by 150m 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 greatly enhanced by its proximity to similar sites in the immediate vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 45 NW 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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