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Scotsmill, enclosure 150m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Banff and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6775 / 57°40'38"N

Longitude: -2.6575 / 2°39'27"W

OS Eastings: 360884

OS Northings: 865479

OS Grid: NJ608654

Mapcode National: GBR M8SF.K9C

Mapcode Global: WH8LT.49S7

Entry Name: Scotsmill, enclosure 150m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11112

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Fordyce

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises the ploughed-down remains of a ditched enclosure, within which are the remains of a probably building, now visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs, situated in a gently-sloping field.

The enclosure appears as a cropmark of a narrow ditch, enclosing an area measuring about 21m by 18m. The enclosure is formed of linked straight segemnts and the enclosure is actually hexagonal. In the interior there are the marks of a rectangular feature about 5m across, which may be the remains of a rectangular building. Excavation has revealed enclosures of this kind to date from the mid-first millennium BC to the first millennium AD. This example seems likely to date from the later part of the range, and may be a high status settlement of the early historic period.

The area to be scheduled is a circle 45m in diameter, centred on the enclosure, to include the enclosure and an area around in which features associated with the its construction and use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare probably high status site of the first millennium AD, which has the capacity to enhance considerably our understanding of later prehsitoric and early historic settlement and social structures. The site is of particular importance because early historic settlement in this area is mainly represented by the occupation of the promontory forts.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ66NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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