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Drumnagair, ring enclosure 300m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.8054 / 56°48'19"N

Longitude: -2.5201 / 2°31'12"W

OS Eastings: 368335

OS Northings: 768334

OS Grid: NO683683

Mapcode National: GBR X2.B5FN

Mapcode Global: WH8R4.865Q

Entry Name: Drumnagair, ring enclosure 300m SE of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1969

Last Amended: 25 October 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2834

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Marykirk

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises an enclosure of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs. It was first scheduled in 1969. The present rescheduling has been prompted by the recommendations of a monument warden visit to extend protection to cover the whole of the archaeologically sensitive area.

The monument is situated within arable farmland at the SW end of a broad ridge at about 60m O.D. and commands an extensive view. It is penannular in shape, with an external diameter of c. 20m, and a probable entrance in the W. Enclosures of this type have a longevity of use and date from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular in shape, with a diameter of 40m as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NO 66 NE 7.

Aerial photographs consulted:

RCAHMS AP 1977 KC 726.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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