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Brackla Farm,enclosure 300m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Nairn and Cawdor, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5377 / 57°32'15"N

Longitude: -3.9095 / 3°54'34"W

OS Eastings: 285783

OS Northings: 851331

OS Grid: NH857513

Mapcode National: GBR J8QS.V78

Mapcode Global: WH4G7.XSHY

Entry Name: Brackla Farm,enclosure 300m SW of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5027

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Cawdor

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Nairn and Cawdor

Traditional County: Nairnshire


The monument comprises a single enclosure, the remains of a prehistoric settlement. It appears in an arable field as a mark in cereal crops; experience shows that further remains will survive in the areas (not susceptible to cropmarks) between the visible marks. The penannular enclosure has a diameter of c. 20-30m within a ditch c. 1.5m wide. The gap on the eastern side is c. 4m wide and there are clear traces of two internal features.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 42m NE-SW by a maximum of 60m NW-SE, to include the area in which cropmarks are visible and areas between and around where further remains (not susceptible to cropmarks) are likely to survive. The area to be scheduled is bounded on the SW by a modern fence, which is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a domestic 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. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our knowledge of many aspects of prehistoric life and will increase greatly our understanding of prehistoric settlement in Northern Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 85 SE 24.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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