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Newbigging,ring ditches 300m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Montrose and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7246 / 56°43'28"N

Longitude: -2.495 / 2°29'41"W

OS Eastings: 369807

OS Northings: 759328

OS Grid: NO698593

Mapcode National: GBR X3.RK6M

Mapcode Global: WH8RJ.N73N

Entry Name: Newbigging,ring ditches 300m S of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6101

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Dun

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Montrose and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of two ring ditch houses of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 10m OD, close to the N edge of the Montrose Basin. Some two thirds of the N ring ditch house is visible as a ditch some 2m wide enclosing an area some 10m in diameter. Approximately 35m to the SSW is a second ring ditch some 2m wide enclosing an area approximately 8m in diameter.

The S part of the interior of the second ring ditch contains a dense cropmark suggesting the survival of deposits associated with the occupation of the building. Numerous other cropmarks in the vicinity may represent the remains of associated structures and deposits. The surrounding area is rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement and economic activity.

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 irreular in shape with maximum dimensions of 155m N-S by 95m 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 significance is enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 65 NE 31.


RCAHMS Lunan Valley/ Montrose Basin List, No. 152.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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