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Westerton,standing stone 120m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6584 / 56°39'30"N

Longitude: -2.7578 / 2°45'27"W

OS Eastings: 353643

OS Northings: 752097

OS Grid: NO536520

Mapcode National: GBR VQ.5KG5

Mapcode Global: WH7QG.LXZ0

Entry Name: Westerton,standing stone 120m W of

Scheduled Date: 10 November 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4585

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Aberlemno

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument is a standing stone, of the late Neolithic/ earlier Bronze Age, about 4000 years old. It stands 1.4m high above ground level, is 1m across and 0.2m thick. On its flat top edge there are 5 cup-markings. On the W face are the slight remains of an incised human figure, complete from chin to calf and missing a hand.

The figure appears to be walking. The figure probably dates from the Pictish period and was added to the stone about 1500 years ago. An area measuring 5m in diameter centred on the stone is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of late Neolithic/early Bronze Age ceremonial practices, as a well preserved standing stone, apparently in its original position. It is of particular interest because of the survival of the cup marks on its upper edge. The main importance of the monument lies, however, in the presence of the very rare incised figure, which is of national importance to the theme of early historic rock art.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NO 55 SW 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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