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Ballagan,enclosure 300m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Culloden and Ardersier, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5483 / 57°32'53"N

Longitude: -4.0112 / 4°0'40"W

OS Eastings: 279732

OS Northings: 852688

OS Grid: NH797526

Mapcode National: GBR J8GS.3B6

Mapcode Global: WH4G6.CJ4S

Entry Name: Ballagan,enclosure 300m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5028

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Petty

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Culloden and Ardersier

Traditional County: Nairnshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric enclosure. It appears in an arable field as a mark in cereal crops; experience shows that further remains will survive in the surrounding areas (not susceptible to cropmarks).

The remains appear as a near circular enclosure c 8m in diameter within a narrow ditch or palisade. There is a very clear internal structure, crescentic in shape and measuring c 5m across. There are individual pits in the immediate vicinity.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 140m NNW-SSE by 50m ENE-SSW, to include the cropmarks and an area around in which further features are likely to survive. The area is bounded in the NE by a modern field boundary, which is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

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 is under a plough experience shows that extensive and important archaeological features and deposits will survive below plough level. Whether domestic or funerary/ceremonial in origin 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 75 SE 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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