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Dornock Lodge, pit-circle 280m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3569 / 56°21'24"N

Longitude: -3.8036 / 3°48'13"W

OS Eastings: 288651

OS Northings: 719746

OS Grid: NN886197

Mapcode National: GBR 1J.3HFK

Mapcode Global: WH5P7.JHY2

Entry Name: Dornock Lodge, pit-circle 280m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 3 March 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7723

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit circle

Location: Crieff

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a pit-circle of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises a circle of at least 7 pits, with a diameter of about 7m. The pits are circular, each having a diameter of approximately 1m. There is a pit with a diameter of about 1m at the centre of the circle. Excavations at similar sites have shown that such an arrangement of pits represents a setting of large timber posts.

However, this style of timber setting can represent two very different types of site, a later prehistoric timber house, or an earlier prehistoric ritual timber circle. It is not possible to tell from the cropmark evidence alone which of these structures is represented at this monument.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 30m, 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, or to our understanding of prehistoric ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 81 NE 57.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP (1984) CQH 53 NN81NE57.

CUCAP (1984) CQH 55 NN81NE57.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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