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Balnaguard Farm, roundhouse 440m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.6506 / 56°39'2"N

Longitude: -3.7164 / 3°42'59"W

OS Eastings: 294858

OS Northings: 752291

OS Grid: NN948522

Mapcode National: GBR KC64.DB8

Mapcode Global: WH5MX.W3GF

Entry Name: Balnaguard Farm, roundhouse 440m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 14 January 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9522

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Little Dunkeld

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a roundhouse of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at about 70m O.D. The monument is visible as a truncated disc-shaped cropmark, representing the buried remains of a circular timber structure. The visible remains comprise a circular ring-ditch, which would have contained the walls of a building.

The cropmark is truncated by a modern field boundary and is much clearer on the W side of the boundary than the E. An extrapolation of the cropmark indicates that the diameter of the roundhouse is c. 25m. Roundhouses are characteristic of the later Bronze and Iron Age periods, and generally date to the first millennium BC.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape with a diameter of 40m, 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 contribute to an 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 95 SW 35.

Aerial Photographs used:

A30014 (1986).

A30016 (1986).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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