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Birkhill, ring ditch houses 500m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7189 / 56°43'7"N

Longitude: -3.2975 / 3°17'50"W

OS Eastings: 320685

OS Northings: 759329

OS Grid: NO206593

Mapcode National: GBR W4.ZW2M

Mapcode Global: WH6NW.BD02

Entry Name: Birkhill, ring ditch houses 500m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7309

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Glenisla

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of two ring ditch houses and associated features of prehistoric date.

The monument lies on a relatively well-drained patch of moorland close to the W bank of the Dalmochy Burn at around 340m OD. It comprises two adjoining ring ditch houses and a third possible house stance or yard. The W ring ditch measures some 9m overall with a well-defined central platform some 2.5m in diameter surrounded by a shallow ditch.

The E ring ditch measures some 8m in diameter, again with a well-defined central platform some 2.5m in diameter. A slight annular depression some 12m in diameter immediately to the N of this E ring ditch may be an associated yard or a further house stance. Ring ditches are the remains of a characteristic form of timber roundhouse occupied during the Iron Age.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is rectangular in shape with dimensions of 60m N-S by 30m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric domestic organisation and house construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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