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Dornock, ring-ditches and Roman temporary camp 450m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathallan, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3494 / 56°20'57"N

Longitude: -3.8176 / 3°49'3"W

OS Eastings: 287769

OS Northings: 718932

OS Grid: NN877189

Mapcode National: GBR 1J.3SDH

Mapcode Global: WH5P7.BNCV

Entry Name: Dornock, ring-ditches and Roman temporary camp 450m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 3 March 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7940

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Crieff

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathallan

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises two ring-ditch houses of prehistoric date lying within a Roman temporary camp, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD, in a bend of the River Earn. It comprises the SW end of a Roman military marching camp, and two ring-ditch houses situated close to the camp's entrance gate. The cropmarks showing the perimeter of the camp fade toward the NE and only the SW end of the camp can be plotted: the overall dimensions of the structure are not known. The visible side of the camp measures approximately 270m within a ditch c.3m wide.

There is a simple entrance gate in the middle of the defences and the ring-ditch houses lie approximately 20m from the gate inside the camp. The N house measures about 7m in diameter, the S about 5m in diameter, and the ditches of both are approximately 1m wide. It is not possible to determine the chronological relationship between the ring-ditches and the Roman camp from aerial photographs alone.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises an area encompassing the ring ditch houses and the entrance to the Roman camp, plus an area around and between them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is rectangular with maximum dimensions of 80m NW-SE by 70m transversely, 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, and of Roman military activity in this part of Scotland. The physical and temporal relationship between the Roman remains and the indigenous domestic buildings is of particular interest at this site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 81 NE 14 and 26.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1978) PT/6100 NN81NE26, 14.

RCAHMS (1978) PT/6101 NN81NE26, 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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