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Newbigging,unenclosed settlement and palisaded enclosure south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Montrose and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7272 / 56°43'37"N

Longitude: -2.4989 / 2°29'56"W

OS Eastings: 369566

OS Northings: 759609

OS Grid: NO695596

Mapcode National: GBR X3.RBB2

Mapcode Global: WH8RJ.L57Q

Entry Name: Newbigging,unenclosed settlement and palisaded enclosure SW of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6099

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Montrose

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Montrose and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date along with possible traces of a palisaded enclosure represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on level ground at around 10m OD some 400m N of the Montrose Basin. In the NW part of the site is a ring ditch house some 10-12m in diameter represented by a very sharp, dark, circular cropmark. To the SW is a second ring ditch house of similar size represented by an annular cropmark with a probable SE-facing entrance.

Around and between these ring ditch houses are a series of pits and other ill-defined cropmarks which may represent associated structures and deposits. In the N part of the site are possible traces of a palisaded enclosure some 60m in diameter.

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 sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 140m NE-SW by 130m 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 65 NE 45.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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