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Upper Balfour, cairns, house, & field system 500m to 1000m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0535 / 57°3'12"N

Longitude: -2.3613 / 2°21'40"W

OS Eastings: 378181

OS Northings: 795883

OS Grid: NO781958

Mapcode National: GBR XB.LS02

Mapcode Global: WH8PV.PZS3

Entry Name: Upper Balfour, cairns, house, & field system 500m to 1000m SW of

Scheduled Date: 3 June 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7879

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (

Location: Durris

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric circular house and a field system, comprising at least 200 field clearance cairns and field banks; there are also two burial cairns and a ring cairn. The hut circle measures 9.5m in diameter.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan and measures a maximum of 450m SW-NE and 315m NW-SE, to include the hut circle, field system and all but one of the cairns and areas around the visible parts of these features in which other remains are likely to survive, all as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved and complex prehistoric field system, with accompanying house and burials. It has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement, agriculture and burial. It is of particular importance because few complexes of this size have survived to modern times.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 79 NE 28.


Aberdeen Journal Notes and Queries (1913) Aberdeen Journal Notes and Queries, Vol. 6, 113.

RCAHMS (1984) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North Kincardine, Kincardine and Deeside District, Grampian Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 21, 30, No. 189, Edinburgh.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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