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Leys, homestead 400m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.1159 / 57°6'57"N

Longitude: -2.8904 / 2°53'25"W

OS Eastings: 346175

OS Northings: 803121

OS Grid: NJ461031

Mapcode National: GBR WM.5MV0

Mapcode Global: WH7N8.KDTR

Entry Name: Leys, homestead 400m NW of

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8580

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Logie-Coldstone

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The Monument comprises the remains of a later prehistoric homestead which is probably between about 3500 and 2000 years old. It stands on a knoll in Knockargety Wood.

The homestead consists of a circular enclosure attached to a hut circle. The enclosure is marked by a roughly circular stone wall, about 1.5m wide with a gap about 0.5m wide in the SW which may have been an entrance. The enclosure has a diameter of around 18m. There are three heaps of stone in the interior of the enclosure which may represent later field clearance. The hut circle is attached to the N of the enclosure and is a continuous circular stone bank with no apparent entrance. It is about 10m in diameter.

The area to be scheduled measures 70m N-S by 55m E-W, to include the circular enclosure, the hut circle and an area around in which traces of activity associated with their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of later prehistoric settlement and domestic life. The form of the settlement, with a hut circle attached to an enclosure, is unusual. In addition, the homestead lies within 800m of a probable unfinished hillfort and near other broadly contemporary settlement remains. Taken together with these remains, the monument has the potential to enhance our understanding of the nature of later prehistoric settlement in this part of Deeside in particular, as well as throughout Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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