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Midtown,farmsteads and field systems 800m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Banchory and Mid Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0026 / 57°0'9"N

Longitude: -2.4667 / 2°28'0"W

OS Eastings: 371747

OS Northings: 790262

OS Grid: NO717902

Mapcode National: GBR X4.F5QP

Mapcode Global: WH8Q6.28N1

Entry Name: Midtown,farmsteads and field systems 800m SE of

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4817

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse; Secular: farmstead

Location: Strachan

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric farmstead and associated field system overlain by a farmstead and field system of the period before the agricultural improvements. The prehistoric farmstead comprises the remains of three circular houses and a fourth circular enclosure, surviving as turf covered walls; the houses measure between 2.9m and 7.5m across, the enclosure measures 6m in diameter.

The field system associated with these structures is marked by low stony walls and numerous field clearance cairns. The pre- improvement farmstead comprises the remains of two single compartment buildings set at right angles to each other; they measure 7.1m by 2.3m and 6.5m by 2.6m respectively. A third buidling, measuring 11.2m by 3m lies immediately to the NW.

The remains of a kiln lie 30m to the SSW. The field system probably associated with the farmstead survives as lengths of tumbled dry stone wall. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 320m WNW to ESE, by a maximum of 200m NE to SW, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a farmstead and field system with well preserved field characteristics (unusual in N Kincardine), which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement and agriculture. It is of particular importance because of the survival to the N of a rather different field system type; comparison of the two would be valuable.

The monument is of additional importance because of the survival of the pre-improvement farmstead and a portion of the field system probably associated with it. It has the potential to increase considerably our knowledge of the nature and development of farming rural settlement and agriculture in the period before the agricultural improvements.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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