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John's Hill, enclosure 1.22 km south west of Corb

A Scheduled Monument in Kinross-shire, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.2549 / 56°15'17"N

Longitude: -3.6134 / 3°36'48"W

OS Eastings: 300139

OS Northings: 708104

OS Grid: NO001081

Mapcode National: GBR 1R.9XWS

Mapcode Global: WH5PX.G1KQ

Entry Name: John's Hill, enclosure 1.22 km SW of Corb

Scheduled Date: 11 December 2002

Last Amended: 24 December 2009

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7629

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunning

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Kinross-shire

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a ring enclosure of prehistoric date, visible as an earthwork.

The monument lies in rough grassland on the summit of John's Hill at about 480m OD, and commands extensive views in all directions. It consists of a turf bank enclosing a roughly circular area some 30m in diameter. The bank is spread to about 3m wide and stands 0.4m high externally.

Visible within the bank are traces of a shallow groove, which probably represents the remains of a palisade trench (a palisade is a stout timber fence formed of closely spaced posts set into a narrow continuous trench). It is likely that originally there was a farmstead within the enclosure, of which no trace now remains on the ground surface. Enclosed settlements of this type normally date to the late Bronze Age or Iron Age (some time in the period 1000 BC - AD 500).

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape with a diameter of 60m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has an inherent potential to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the past, in particular later prehistoric enclosures and defensive domestic sites and their function and phases of use. The monument retains structural and field characteristics to a marked degree and has an inherent potential to add to our knowledge of the environment in which it was constructed.

The circular bank and natural defensive location, with commanding views in all directions, make a significant contribution to the immediate landscape. The loss or damage of the monument would diminish its potential to contribute to our understanding of society in central Scotland and further afield in the later prehistoric past.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 00 NW 2.


Davies, M. (2006) An Archaeological Analysis of Later Prehistoric Settlement and Society in Perthshire and Stirlingshire, unpublished Ph.D Thesis, University of Durham.

RCAHMS (1990) North East Perth: An Archaeological Landscape. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, HMSO: Edinburgh.

RCAHMS (1994) South East Perth: An Archaeological Landscape, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, HMSO: Edinburgh.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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