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Castle Point, promontory fort 250m NNE of Westerwards Croft

A Scheduled Monument in Banff and District, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.686 / 57°41'9"N

Longitude: -2.7037 / 2°42'13"W

OS Eastings: 358137

OS Northings: 866459

OS Grid: NJ581664

Mapcode National: GBR M8PD.VG8

Mapcode Global: WH7KN.F2RN

Entry Name: Castle Point, promontory fort 250m NNE of Westerwards Croft

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11111

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Fordyce

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a fort, probably of prehistoric date, occupying a rocky promontory.

A low turf-covered bank defines a rectangular area measuring 14m by 4m. To the SE a small sub-rectangular depression may define a small building. The southern Moray Firth coastline has a number of defended promontories and excavation shows that they generally had a long and complex history of occupation. Other promontory sites have produced very well preserved archaeological remains.

The area to be scheduled is irregular and measures about 70m from its easternmost point to its westernmost, and about 90m from its northernmost point to its southernmost, to include the remains described and an area around and between them, in which related material is likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance in its own right as a defended promontory, probably with a long history of occupation, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of settlement through a long period of Scotland's past. It is of wider importance as one of a series of promontory sites on this coast, which together have the potential to enhance our understanding of social and economic systems in prehistory and the medieval period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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