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Millhorn, ring-ditch 300m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5765 / 56°34'35"N

Longitude: -3.271 / 3°16'15"W

OS Eastings: 322010

OS Northings: 743454

OS Grid: NO220434

Mapcode National: GBR VB.PL2Q

Mapcode Global: WH6PG.QYKR

Entry Name: Millhorn, ring-ditch 300m S of

Scheduled Date: 16 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7322

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Bendochy

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a ring ditch house of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 55m OD. It comprises a penannular ditch, measuring about 18-20m in internal diameter, within a ditch about 2-3m wide. There are gaps in the ditch on the NW and SE, one or both of which may indicate the position of an entrance. A sinuous cropmark about 5m in length extends from the interior of the ring-ditch and through the gap on the NW, possibly representing the remains of an attached souterrain or semi-subterranean cellar.

Ring-ditches such as this have been found on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses dating to the later prehistoric period.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related deposits may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 50m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 SW 38.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1983) PT/14746 NO24SW38.

RCAHMS (1988) PT/14746/TR NO24SW38.

RCAHMS (1993) C10841 NO24SW38.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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