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Clach Ossian,standing stone and enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4545 / 56°27'16"N

Longitude: -3.7941 / 3°47'38"W

OS Eastings: 289525

OS Northings: 730596

OS Grid: NN895305

Mapcode National: GBR KC0N.DRL

Mapcode Global: WH5NV.P1H6

Entry Name: Clach Ossian,standing stone and enclosure

Scheduled Date: 14 June 1929

Last Amended: 10 March 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1519

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Fowlis Wester

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a standing stone and enclosure of prehistoric date, the latter surviving as a turf-covered earthwork.

The monument lies in the Sma' Glen on the W bank of the River Almond

at around 210m OD. It comprises a displaced standing stone measuring some 2.5m by 1.5m which occupies the SE part of a turf-covered

enclosure formed of large boulders with an overall diameter of approximately 30m. The W part of the enclosure has been damaged by

the construction of an 18th-century military road.

The monument represents a ritual site of Neolithic or Bronze Age

date. Early records relate that a burial cist yielding bone and fragments of bronze were found when the site was disturbed by the construction of the military road.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is D-shaped with maximum dimensions of 40m NE-SW by 30m

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 add to our understanding of prehistoric ritual practice. The apparent association of the standing stone with the enclosure and the early records of burials from the site suggest that this is a complex monument with potentially well-preserved archaeological deposits.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NO 83 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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