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Inchbare,cursus north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7821 / 56°46'55"N

Longitude: -2.6414 / 2°38'29"W

OS Eastings: 360903

OS Northings: 765798

OS Grid: NO609657

Mapcode National: GBR WX.VVSM

Mapcode Global: WH8R2.DSDM

Entry Name: Inchbare,cursus NE of

Scheduled Date: 29 April 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6373

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cursus/bank barrow

Location: Stracathro

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a cursus of Neolithic date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on level ground in arable farmland at around 40m OD. It comprises a pit-defined cursus, or elongated rectangular enclosure, some 250m long running approximately ENE-WSW. Further lines of pits flank the main line along either side and there are indications of small barrows within the complex. A further cursus lies close to the SE. Such monuments appear to represent ritual enclosures of the Neolithic period.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described above and an area around them in which traces of associated material may be expected to survive. It is irregular on plan with maximum dimensions of 370m WSW-ENE by 100m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of Neolithic ritual practices. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its proximity to several other structures of similar date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 66 NW 50.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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