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Boat of Muiresk,circular enclosure 200m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Banff and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5414 / 57°32'29"N

Longitude: -2.4911 / 2°29'27"W

OS Eastings: 370701

OS Northings: 850248

OS Grid: NJ707502

Mapcode National: GBR N86S.PHK

Mapcode Global: WH8MG.PQZ1

Entry Name: Boat of Muiresk,circular enclosure 200m N of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5782

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Forglen

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises the remains of a circular palisaded enclosure of the mid to late prehistoric period. It lies on a ridge at the edge of a high scarped terrace of the River Deveron. The enclosure appears in an arable field as a mark in a cereal crop; experience shows that further remains will survive around and within the visible mark in areas not susceptible to cropmarks.

The circular enclosure is visible as a narrow circular trace of about 40m in diameter. There are other marks, possibly representing the remains of other structures visible within and around the ring.

The area to be scheduled measures 100m in diameter centred on the circular enclosure to include the circular enclosure and an area around and within it in which further remains associated with its construction and use may survive. All modern fences within the area are specifically excluded from the scheduling. The area is marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a large circular palisaded enclosure, of the mid to late prehistoric period, 2000 to 3500 years ago. Even though the area is under the plough, experience shows that important archaeological deposits and structures will be preserved below plough level. The monument has the potential to increase our understanding or prehistoric domestic, social and agricultural practice and is of particular importance because circular enclosures of this size are rare and extend our knowledge of the range of domestic and agricultural structures in use during the mid to late prehistoric period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 75 SW 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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