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Alrick, settlement and field system 1400m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7509 / 56°45'3"N

Longitude: -3.3405 / 3°20'25"W

OS Eastings: 318120

OS Northings: 762946

OS Grid: NO181629

Mapcode National: GBR W2.XR7L

Mapcode Global: WH6NN.NLG0

Entry Name: Alrick, settlement and field system 1400m NW of

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4456

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system

Location: Glenisla

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument is a settlement and field system of the later Bronze Age/Iron Age, some 2000 to 3000 years old, situated on an east facing hillslope. It comprises the remains of two circular houses, both double-walled, and therefore of the "Dalrulzion" type. One lies immediately beside a track leading to a disused quarry; it is about 15.5m in diameter.

The second lies on higher ground to the SW and measures 18.3m by 16.3m. Around the houses are the well preserved remains of the field system associated with the settlement, marked by field banks, lynchets and clearance cairns. An area measuring a maximum of 410m NE to SW by 390m transversely is proposed for scheduling, to include the settlement and the whole of the field system, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of a settlement and field system which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement, economy and agricultural practices. It is of particular importance because it represents the smaller type of settlement in the area; most have many more houses. This site provides an opportunity to examine the organisation and working of a small farm of the period. Taken with the other prehistoric settlements in the area this monument has the potential to increase our knowledge of the organisation and development of the later Bronze Age/Iron Age landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NO 16 SE 21.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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