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Green Castle, promontory fort, Portknockie

A Scheduled Monument in Keith and Cullen, Moray

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Latitude: 57.7059 / 57°42'21"N

Longitude: -2.8596 / 2°51'34"W

OS Eastings: 348874

OS Northings: 868776

OS Grid: NJ488687

Mapcode National: GBR M89C.2S0

Mapcode Global: WH7KD.1KLZ

Entry Name: Green Castle, promontory fort, Portknockie

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11040

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Rathven

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Keith and Cullen

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises the remains of a promontory fort with evidence of long occupation.

The monument comprises the top of a rocky promontory on top of which excavation in the 1970s has demonstrated the survival of extensive remains of prehistoirc, early historic and medieval foritifed settlement, including a vitrified wall. Substantial areas of the fort were not investigated and in these areas significant remains will survive.

The area proposed for scheduling measures 140m NE-SW by a maximum of 50m NW-SE, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a later prehistoric and early historic defended settlement which has demonstrated its potential to provide important information about the form and economy of such sites. Additionally, it produced evidence of later medieval settlement in a non-urban, non-high-status (eg castle or abbey) context. Such evidence is rare.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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