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Blackhillock, hut circle 310m NNE of

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

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Latitude: 57.2326 / 57°13'57"N

Longitude: -3 / 2°59'59"W

OS Eastings: 339730

OS Northings: 816210

OS Grid: NJ397162

Mapcode National: GBR L9YL.Y5N

Mapcode Global: WH7MM.WGMR

Entry Name: Blackhillock, hut circle 310m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 16 February 2006

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11389

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Glenbuchat

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


This monument is a hut-circle, the footings of a prehistoric house between 2000 and 3000 years old, situated in rough pasture, with the remains of several small cairns situated on the slope below.

The circle measures 12m in overall diameter, and consists of a low stony bank, 2m wide and 30cm high, with a possible entrance on the SW.

The area to be scheduled is a truncated circle with a diameter of 30m, centred on the hut circle, to include the hut circle and any related archaeological deposits nearby, but bounded on the ENE by a dyke and on the SE by a track, as marked in red on the accompanying map. The dyke and track are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

Statement of National Importance

The monument's archaeological significance can be expressed as follows:

Intrinsic characteristics: The monument is a relatively well-preserved example. It is surviving as an upstanding feature, which is rare in this region, and subsequent beneficial land-use as pasture has probably resulted in the preservation of further archaeological deposits within and immediately outwith the visible structure. It therefore has the potential to reveal further information about local variations in domestic architecture and building use, as well as upland prehistoric land-use.

Contextual characteristics: As a well-preserved hut-circle in a region where few upstanding hut-circles have been identified, this monument has the potential to reveal much about the attitudes to house-building and living in houses of later prehistoric communities in North-East Scotland, which can be compared and contrasted to nearby lowland cropmark sites and others outwith the region to create an understanding of regional identities and differing lifestyles, economies and belief systems.

National Importance: The monument is of national importance because it is quite well preserved, which is rare for this class of monument in this region. It has the potential to make a significant contribution to our understanding of later prehistoric upland land-use and society, both in this locality and, by association, the rest of Scotland.It also has the potential to provide information about upland land-use and human impact on the landscape over a greater time span. The loss of this rare and well preserved example in this area would impact upon future ability to understand these issues.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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