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Plean Farm,ring ditch 800m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Bannockburn, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.0674 / 56°4'2"N

Longitude: -3.8743 / 3°52'27"W

OS Eastings: 283407

OS Northings: 687651

OS Grid: NS834876

Mapcode National: GBR 1F.PRLD

Mapcode Global: WH4PF.GR9H

Entry Name: Plean Farm,ring ditch 800m SE of

Scheduled Date: 7 October 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6481

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: St Ninians

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Bannockburn

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises a ring ditch some 12-15m in diameter within a ditch about 2-3m wide. Excavation has demonstrated that such features represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmark remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is almost circular on plan, lacking only a small part of the circle at the SSE, where the boundary is defined by the top edge of a cutting. The area's maximum diameter is 50m, and it is 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. Its importance is enhanced by the proximity of other sites, probably of similar date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 88 NW 31.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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