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Hill of Menmuir,fields and cairns 900m ESE of Rome

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.7835 / 56°47'0"N

Longitude: -2.7722 / 2°46'19"W

OS Eastings: 352916

OS Northings: 766036

OS Grid: NO529660

Mapcode National: GBR WR.VPRQ

Mapcode Global: WH7PW.DR4K

Entry Name: Hill of Menmuir,fields and cairns 900m ESE of Rome

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4464

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system; Secular: field system

Location: Menmuir

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus

Description

The monument consists of a group of at least 21 low, roughly parallel banks, forming open ended fields averaging about 25m in width and up to 125m long, in a saddle between two low summits. There is no trace of cross banks closing the fields. The banks taper off above the uppermost improvement-period bank. They appear to be earlier than some of the c. 50 small cairns which concentrate in the centre of the system where the banks are weakest. Certain anomalous banks appear to be composed in part of cairns and elsewhere cairns appear to overlie banks. The monument measures 650m (NE-SW) x 400m (NW-SE).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is one of 4 similar systems of a type so far recognised only in central Angus, of particular interest because the fields are not closed at the end. This example is of further interest because its banks appear to underlie cairns similar to those forming groups elsewhere in the neighbourhood, and because of its contrast with the nearby field system W of White Caterthun. They are of national importance to studies of prehistoric to pre-improvement agriculture in E Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the site as NO56NW 48.0.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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