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A Scheduled Monument in West Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.3098 / 57°18'35"N

Longitude: -2.5837 / 2°35'1"W

OS Eastings: 364931

OS Northings: 824509

OS Grid: NJ649245

Mapcode National: GBR M9ZD.H34

Mapcode Global: WH8NL.8JWL

Entry Name: Tillymuick,settlement

Scheduled Date: 9 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5316

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Premnay

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: West Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument is a settlement comprising an ill-defined, overgrown earth and stone bank (0.6m maximum height and spread to 4.5m maximum width) enclosing a sub-circular area (200m NE-SW by 170m NW-SE) within which are traces of eight probable hut circles.

In the SSW a break of c.10.0m in the bank may be the main entrance. Inside the enclosure is a curving bank (about 18.0m long, 4.0m wide and 0.5m high) about 40.0m to the E of the entrance; this appears to be contemporary with the settlement but its purpose is obscure. The best preserved hut circle shows traces of walling in a slight bank around its circumference, but the others are only visible as ill- defined platforms, six being 7.5m in diameter, and the two most south easterly ones being 6.5m and 9.0m in diameter.

The interior of the enclosure is scarred by small surface quarries, particularly in the NE, and several other hollows may be quarries or mutilated hut platforms. The area to be scheduled measures 250m ENE to WSW by 210m transversely, 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 enclosed prehistoric settlement, a type rare in this area, which has considerable potential to enhance our understanding of the nature and development of settlement in the district. It is of particular importance because a number of house stances survive clearly within the enclosed area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 62 SW 3.


Yeats, (1883a) Trans Banffshire Fld Club, 46.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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