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Wardhouse,settlements and field systems 500m south east of Home Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.362 / 57°21'43"N

Longitude: -2.715 / 2°42'53"W

OS Eastings: 357086

OS Northings: 830396

OS Grid: NJ570303

Mapcode National: GBR M9N8.8Z4

Mapcode Global: WH7M6.87D1

Entry Name: Wardhouse,settlements and field systems 500m SE of Home Farm

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4533

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system; Secular: settlement, including deserted,

Location: Kennethmont

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument includes two large roundhouses measuring up to 12m in diameter within wallbases 2-3.5m wide and up to 0.5m high, and field banks and clearance going with them, and a medieval fermtoun and the rigs going with it.

The rigs, 8m crest to crest, are well preserved despite one modern episode of ploughing about 1961, and include fine examples of the typical sinuous plan. The central area, from which the rigs radiate, has not been ploughed in modern times and contains the foundations of turf and stone enclosures representing houses, pens and yards.

The area proposed for scheduling contains these remains; it measures up to 600m EW by up to 350m NS with its SE side bounded by the fence at the edge of the public road but excluding that and all other fences within and bounding the area as depicted in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it includes prehistoric and medieval settlements forming unusually fine field monuments. The medieval settlement is important for testing the models or rural medieval economies developed by historians, geographers and economists, while the survival of roundhouses with field banks and clearance cairns near good modern arable is of considerable interest. The co-occurrence of the two settlements means prehistoric and medieval farming and construction techniques can be contrasted and compared: the monument is of further national importance for the information it contains.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 53 SE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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