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North Gellan,settlement and field system 350m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.1153 / 57°6'55"N

Longitude: -2.8318 / 2°49'54"W

OS Eastings: 349725

OS Northings: 803013

OS Grid: NJ497030

Mapcode National: GBR WP.5NPT

Mapcode Global: WH7N9.GFR5

Entry Name: North Gellan,settlement and field system 350m N of

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5211

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Coull

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a settlement and field system of the Bronze Age or Iron Age, some 2000 to 3000 years old. There are eight circular house stances between 9m and 14m in diameter and an associated field system marked by low banks and clearance heaps.

The fields vary in size from c 20m by 17m to c 60m by 30m. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 500m WNW-ESE by 350m transversely, as marked in red on the attached map. The modern public road and its boundary walls and fences, and the access road to Crossfold are specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance, as a very well preserved settlement and field system, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement and agriculture. It is of particular importance because it is a rather larger settlement than is known elsewhere in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 40 SE 5.


Sir Ogston, A. (1931) The prehistoric antiquities of the Howe of Cromar, 79, Aberdeen.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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