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Ascoile, earthwork 890m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.0688 / 58°4'7"N

Longitude: -3.9834 / 3°59'0"W

OS Eastings: 283091

OS Northings: 910582

OS Grid: NC830105

Mapcode National: GBR J7JD.J1P

Mapcode Global: WH4CP.SG96

Entry Name: Ascoile, earthwork 890m SE of

Scheduled Date: 20 July 1973

Last Amended: 23 March 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3288

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: henge

Location: Clyne

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland

Description

The monument is a roughly circular enclosure defined by a bank and external ditch, interpreted as a late Neolithic henge monument. The monument was first scheduled in 1973 and is being rescheduled in order to clarify the extent of the area scheduled.

The bank is about 2m across. The ditch is about 2m across. It surrounds a raised area, c.8m across, with 4 visible earthfast stones. A few stones are visible through the turf covering the bank. A minor road has been built over the N half of the enclosure. There are no signs of the remains of the monument on the other side of the road.

The area to be scheduled is half of a 50m diameter circle, bounded by the road, to include the earthwork and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a probable late Neolithic henge monument, which has considerable potential to enhance our understanding of prehistoric ritual and religious practices. The monument is of particular importance as henges are rare in northern Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NC81SW4.

References:

Davidson J M 1948, 'A miscellany of antiquities in Easter Ross and Sutherland', PROC SOC ANTIQ SCOT 80, 33.

Harding A F and Lee G E 1987, HENGE MONUMENTS AND RELATED SITES OF GREAT BRITAIN: AIR PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE AND CATALOGUE, Brit Archaeol Rep Brit Ser 175, Oxford, 363-4, No. 264.

Wainwright G J 1969, 'A review of henge monuments in the light of recent research', Proc Prehist Soc, New 35, 129.

Woodham A A 1960, 'Greeanan', DISCOVERY EXCAV SCOT 1960, 39-40.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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