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Pitmudie,stone setting 315m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6944 / 56°41'39"N

Longitude: -3.1861 / 3°11'9"W

OS Eastings: 327455

OS Northings: 756477

OS Grid: NO274564

Mapcode National: GBR VD.97TY

Mapcode Global: WH6NY.1Z2X

Entry Name: Pitmudie,stone setting 315m N of

Scheduled Date: 10 September 1935

Last Amended: 29 June 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM132

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting

Location: Lintrathen

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus

Description

The monument is a setting of three very large stones in a roughline, probably erected in the Neolithic or Early Bronze Age, between 3500 and 4500 years ago.

The southwesternmost stone of the setting is still standing; it measures 3m high and is c 0.8m square. Three metres to the NE lies the second stone, which measures 2.6m by 1.4m by 0.6m; 4.6m to the NE lies the third, which measures 2.5m by c 1m square. The monument was scheduled in 1935; while all three stones are mentioned in the description only the erect stone is indicated on the map; additionally in the 1983 edition of the schedule the entry for the monument mentions only a single standing stone, as does the original scheduling map.

To ensure adequate protection for the monument an area measuring 20m in diameter, centred on the middle stone, is proposed for rescheduling, as marked in red on theattached map. This area corresponds with that which is to be left unplanted around the stones when the forest is replanted.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a still impressive ritual monument which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric ceremonial practices. Although two of the stones have fallen, archaeological information of considerable value will survive beneath and around them. The setting is unusual in the area for comprising three stones in a line and because of the size of the stones.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS - NO 25 NE 4

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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