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Belliehill, unenclosed settlement 350m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7636 / 56°45'49"N

Longitude: -2.7094 / 2°42'33"W

OS Eastings: 356728

OS Northings: 763785

OS Grid: NO567637

Mapcode National: GBR WT.WZFY

Mapcode Global: WH7Q3.C818

Entry Name: Belliehill, unenclosed settlement 350m NE of

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6514

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Menmuir

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 70m OD. It comprises at least three ring ditches and a double ring ditch or 'figure of eight' structure. The ring ditches each measure some 10m-12m in diameter within ditches some 2m-3m wide. Excavation has shown that features such as these represent the remains of former timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date. In the centre of the group is a 'figure of eight' feature, some 20m long NE-SW by 8m-10m wide. This may comprise two overlapping ring ditches or may alternatively be the remains of a more complex building.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmark settlement and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 110m 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 settlement and economy. Its importance is enhanced by the variety of structures it contains.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 56 SE 65.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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