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West Cockmuir, enclosure 100m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Central Buchan, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5934 / 57°35'36"N

Longitude: -2.0216 / 2°1'17"W

OS Eastings: 398805

OS Northings: 855931

OS Grid: NJ988559

Mapcode National: GBR P8CN.8JB

Mapcode Global: WH9NM.XDHN

Entry Name: West Cockmuir, enclosure 100m N of

Scheduled Date: 16 February 2006

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11137

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Strichen

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Central Buchan

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a gentle slope within an arable field to the N of West Cockmuir farm at about 90m O.D. The enclosure, defined by at least a single ditch, measures c. 66m NW-SE by 62m transversely, with possible entrances present on the eastern and south-western sides. Two circular patches visible on the aerial photograph within the southern half of the enclosure may represent the remains of structures.

Enclosed settlements of this type are characteristic of the Later Bronze Age and Iron Age.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular in shape, centred on the enclosure, with a diameter of 80m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ95NE 15.

Aerial photographs:

AAS/82/12/S14/9 (1982) NJ95NE 15 West Cockmuir, ref: D98031/PO.

RCAHMS (2002) AP Transcription NJ95NE 15 West Cockmuir, AP Neg No D98031.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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