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Alrick, settlements,field systems and cairn 500m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.7408 / 56°44'26"N

Longitude: -3.3332 / 3°19'59"W

OS Eastings: 318547

OS Northings: 761813

OS Grid: NO185618

Mapcode National: GBR W3.YDT8

Mapcode Global: WH6NN.RTYS

Entry Name: Alrick, settlements,field systems and cairn 500m W of

Scheduled Date: 1 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4445

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (t

Location: Glenisla

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a settlement and field system of the late Bronze Age, a settlement and field system of the period before the agricultural improvements, and a complex cairn of the Bronze Age, situated in rough pasture W of Alrick.

The late Bronze Age settlement is about 3000 years old and comprises the turf covered remains of at least nine circular houses. Seven are single-walled, between 9m and 11.5m across. The other two are of double walled "Dalrulzian" type. One is normal and measures 15.5m in diameter. The other is unusual, with a small central area and a large off centre outer area about 18.5m across. The well preserved field system is marked by field banks, lynchets and clearance cairns. The slight remains of further houses lie within the area to be scheduled.

The pre-improvement settlement (200 to 500 years old), comprises the remains of at least four long houses averaging 25m by 6m. The remains of a field system lie around the houses.The Bronze Age cairn is between 3000 and 4000 years old. It comprises an inner circular stone ring 6m in diameter, in which are set 5 larger stones. Around this setting is a circle, 10m in diameter, of at least 9 stones. An area measuring a maximum of 950m WNW to ESE and 480m N to S is proposed for scheduling, to include the settlements, field systems and the cairn, as delineated in red on the attached map. The NE boundary of the area, and parts of the NW and SE boundaries are defined by modern field boundaries, the above ground structures of all modern features are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The late Bronze Age settlement is of national importance as a well preserved and complex example of its kind, which has the potential to enhance our understanding of settlement and agricultural practices in later prehistory. It is of particular interest because of the unusual 'Dalrulzian' house. The pre-improvement settlement and field system is of national importance as a well preserved example of its kind which has the potential to increase our knowledge of farming practices and the organisation of settlement before the agricultural revolution. The Bronze Age cairn is of national importance as a well preserved example of a rare type of monument which has the potential to enhance our understanding of burial and ceremonial practices in prehistory. Taken with other, broadly contemporary settlements and field systems of a variety of types in Glenisla, the late Bronze Age and pre-improvement settlements and field systems have the potential to increase our knowledge and understanding of the use and development of the landscape in their respective periods.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the site as NO 16 SE 7 and 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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