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Monzie,settlement and cultivation remains 600m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.7856 / 56°47'7"N

Longitude: -3.7872 / 3°47'13"W

OS Eastings: 290909

OS Northings: 767424

OS Grid: NN909674

Mapcode National: GBR KB0S.HWL

Mapcode Global: WH5M3.SPRZ

Entry Name: Monzie,settlement and cultivation remains 600m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 24 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4497

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Blair Atholl

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument is a settlement of the Later Bronze Age or Iron Age (some 4000 to 5000 years old). It comprises the remains of four circular house stances in two conjoined pairs, all joined by an earthen bank. The stances measure between 10m in diameter and 10m x 16m. From the gap between the pairs of house stances a hollow way runs off to the NW. Paralleling this to the SW is a further bank running for c. 40m from the back of the southernmost house stance: these two features seem to be part of a contemporary field system.

To the E of the house stances is a broad natural hollow; it seems likely that the house stances were sited to take advantage of this hollow, as a sheltered activity area which contained a water supply. Remnants of activity associated with the settlement may survive here. An area measuring 100m (NW-SE) x 90m transversely is proposed for scheduling, to include the house stances, the earthen banks, the hollow way and part of the natural hollow.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument has very well preserved field characteristics. It is an unusual variation on the Dalrulzion settlement theme, near the western end of the distribution. It is of national importance because archaeological investigation of the site would provide information of considerable value about the way of life of the inhabitants. It is of particular importance because of the survival in the area of further traces of prehistoric settlement, in the form of house stances of two different forms.

Comparison of the different structures and their functions would be very informative. This monument is of greater than normal interest because of the likely use of the hollow adjacent to the house stances; it is rare for an unenclosed settlement to have a clearly defined activity area. The monument is of national importance to the themes of prehistoric settlement, economy and agricultural practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NN 96 NW 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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