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Ballagan,pit alignment 120m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Culloden and Ardersier, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5469 / 57°32'48"N

Longitude: -4.0157 / 4°0'56"W

OS Eastings: 279460

OS Northings: 852542

OS Grid: NH794525

Mapcode National: GBR J8GS.19R

Mapcode Global: WH4G6.9K1V

Entry Name: Ballagan,pit alignment 120m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5041

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment

Location: Petty

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Culloden and Ardersier

Traditional County: Nairnshire


The monument comprises a single pit alignment and a roughly circular pitted enclosure dating from the first millennium BC. They appear in arable fields as marks in cereal crops; experience shows that further remains will survive in the areas (not susceptible to cropmarks) between the visible marks.

The remains appear as the marks of a pit alignment 55m long in a NNW-ESE direction. At its eastern terminal there are the remains of a pitted enclosure 30m in diameter with traces of an internal feature which may be a palisade; the relationship between the two is uncertain. In the vicinity are other cropmarks of pits and ditches.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 135m WNW-SSE by 120m NE-SW, to include the area in which cropmarks are visible and areas between and around where further features are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare example of prehistoric land division and associated features representing the use of the area in prehistory. Even though the area is under the plough experience shows that extensive and important archaeological features and deposits will survive below plough level.

The monument has the potential to increase greatly our understanding of the development of the agricultural landscape; in particular, there may be a relationship between a pit alignment and a pitted enclosure. This monument has the potential to contribute considerably to our knowledge of the development and use of the farmed landscape in 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 75 SE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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