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Tuach Hill, stone circle and enclosure 130m south west of Gallow Top

A Scheduled Monument in East Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.2294 / 57°13'45"N

Longitude: -2.34 / 2°20'24"W

OS Eastings: 379568

OS Northings: 815458

OS Grid: NJ795154

Mapcode National: GBR XB.7BVK

Mapcode Global: WH8P3.0KZ7

Entry Name: Tuach Hill, stone circle and enclosure 130m SW of Gallow Top

Scheduled Date: 31 August 1925

Last Amended: 29 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM50

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Kintore

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: East Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

Description

The monument comprises a scoop in the SW facing hillside, overlooking a long burial mound, bounded by an enclosing ditch with an external bank. Within the enclosed area are the remains of a stone circle or setting; only one stone is now upright. The enclosed area measures 7.3m across within the ditch, which is c. 3.6m wide. Antiquarian digging in the 19th century revealed traces of human burial.

The area to be scheduled is a wedge shape, bounded by the field fences (which are specifically excluded from the scheduling) on the S and E, measuring a maximum of 40m SW-NE and 48m NW-SE, to include the visible remains and any other traces of the use of the site that may survive in the area, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a ceremonial and burial monument of the prehistoric period. It is possibly a henge monument. Its siting and characteristics are very unusual, and, in an area where few henges survive it has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of later Neolithic and early Bronze Age ceremonial and burial activity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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