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Knockanbuie,ring-ditch 550m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Nairn and Cawdor, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5445 / 57°32'40"N

Longitude: -3.9277 / 3°55'39"W

OS Eastings: 284713

OS Northings: 852121

OS Grid: NH847521

Mapcode National: GBR J8NS.CKF

Mapcode Global: WH4G7.MMVP

Entry Name: Knockanbuie,ring-ditch 550m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5144

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual or funerary)

Location: Croy and Dalcross

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Nairn and Cawdor

Traditional County: Nairnshire


The monument comprises a single ring-ditch, the remains of a prehistoric burial or settlement feature. It appears in an arable field as a mark in a cereal crop; experience shows that further remains will survive in the areas (not susceptible to cropmarks) between the visible marks. The roughly circular ring-ditch has a diameter of c. 10m within a ditch c. 1.5m wide; there is a gap in the ditch on the E. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 75m (NNW-SSE) x 65m (NNE-SSW), to include the area in which cropmarks are visible and areas between and around where further features are likely to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a domestic or ceremonial structure of the mid to late prehistoric period. Even though the area is under the plough experience shows that extensive and important archaeological features and deposits will survive below plough level. Whether a house or a funerary/ceremonial structure it is one of very surviving in this lowland area. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the prehistoric settlement of Northern Scotland. The monument is of particular importance because of the survival of other prehistoric sites in the area, with which this monument may be associated.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 85 SW 16.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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