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Borlum,ring-ditch 170m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4305 / 57°25'49"N

Longitude: -4.2931 / 4°17'35"W

OS Eastings: 262422

OS Northings: 840120

OS Grid: NH624401

Mapcode National: GBR H9S2.L74

Mapcode Global: WH3FJ.0HYJ

Entry Name: Borlum,ring-ditch 170m NE of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Last Amended: 17 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5142

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual or funerary)

Location: Dores

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises a single ring-ditch, the remains of a prehistoric burial or settlement feature. It appears in an arable field as a mark in cereal crops; experience shows that further remains will survive in the areas (not susceptible to cropmarks) between the visible marks. The roughly circular ring-ditch has a diameter of 7m within a ditch 2m wide. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 90m (E-W) x 90m (N-S), to include the area in which cropmarks are visible and surrounding areas where further features are likely to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a domestic or ceremonial structure of the mid to late prehistoric period. Even though the area has been under the plough, experience shows that extensive and important archaeological features and deposits will survive below plough level. Whether a house or a funerary/ceremonial structure, it is one of very few surviving in this lowland area. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the prehistoric settlement of Northern Scotland. The monument is of particular importance because of the survival of other prehistoric sites in the area, with which this monument may be associated.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 64 SW 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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