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Haugh of Aberuthven, standing stone, enclosure and ring-ditch south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathallan, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3295 / 56°19'46"N

Longitude: -3.6556 / 3°39'20"W

OS Eastings: 297722

OS Northings: 716464

OS Grid: NN977164

Mapcode National: GBR 1Q.50PX

Mapcode Global: WH5PH.T5DL

Entry Name: Haugh of Aberuthven, standing stone, enclosure and ring-ditch SW of

Scheduled Date: 15 March 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7948

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Auchterarder

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathallan

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a standing stone, enclosure and ring ditch of prehistoric date. The enclosure and ring ditch are visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It consists of three elements; a massive standing stone, an enclosure and a ring ditch. The standing stone, measuring about 2m high, stands within an enclosure measuring about 22m in diameter and defined by a ditch measuring about 2m wide.

There is a gap in the ditch on the S of the enclosure, immediately inside which the stone is situated. Some 40m to the NNE of the enclosure is a ring ditch with a diameter of about 8m. The ditch itself measures about 2m in width, and has a gap at the NNW. The standing stone probably relates to ritual activity of Neolithic date.

Monuments of this kind can indicate the presence of evidence for ritual practice over a protracted period, of which the stone is only the most visible remnant. The enclosure is probably associated with the standing stone, which together may represent the remains of a henge, other examples of which have been excavated nearby.

Henges were used as ritual sites between 4000-5000 years ago. The central areas often contained burials and circles of stones or timber posts. Ring-ditches have been found on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date.

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 irregular, with maximum dimensions of 110m from its N-most point to its S-most point and 100m from its E-most point to its W-most point, 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, economy and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 91 NE 12 and 21.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1979) PT 6392 NN91NE12, 21.

RCAHMS (1979) PT 6394 NN91NE12, 21.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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