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Old Montrose,enclosure and ring ditches 600m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Montrose and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7012 / 56°42'4"N

Longitude: -2.5471 / 2°32'49"W

OS Eastings: 366595

OS Northings: 756744

OS Grid: NO665567

Mapcode National: GBR VW.LSJ4

Mapcode Global: WH8RH.VT8N

Entry Name: Old Montrose,enclosure and ring ditches 600m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6119

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Maryton

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Montrose and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement and a series of ring ditch houses of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on level ground at around 20m OD overlooking the Montrose Basin to the E. The subrectangular enclosure which occupies the N part of the site is defined by a narrow ditch or palisade slot and measures approximately 35-40m along each side. Numerous ring

ditches measuring up to 12m in diameter are clustered around the enclosure, particularly to the SW.

Further pits and ill-defined cropmarks in the vicinity may also be associated with the occupation of the site. The monument lies close to an area of intensive prehistoric funerary and ritual activity as well as further prehistoric settlement remains. It lies within a large kidney-shaped enclosure of probable eighteenth century date.

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 200m as marked in red on the accompanying map. The scheduling specifically excludes existing drainage lines, to facilitate maintenance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its significance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric activity in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 65 NE 63.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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