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Millhills, ring-ditch 450m east of Dornock Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3577 / 56°21'27"N

Longitude: -3.8001 / 3°48'0"W

OS Eastings: 288873

OS Northings: 719832

OS Grid: NN888198

Mapcode National: GBR 1J.3J7S

Mapcode Global: WH5P7.LGNF

Entry Name: Millhills, ring-ditch 450m E of Dornock Lodge

Scheduled Date: 3 March 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7726

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Crieff

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises a ring-ditch with a diameter of about 18m. The ditch is about 2m wide, with a probable entrance, approximately 1m wide, in the NW. Ring-ditches such as these have been found on excavation to represent the remains of large timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date. The presence of a NW facing entrance in a monument of this type is very unusual, and may indicate that this is not an ordinary domestic building.

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 40m, 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 NN 81 NE 57.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1992) B 79221 NN81NE57.

RCAHMS (1992) B 79223 NN81NE57.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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