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Corogle, standing stones and stone circle 950m WNW of Corriehead

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7301 / 56°43'48"N

Longitude: -3.0652 / 3°3'54"W

OS Eastings: 334923

OS Northings: 760331

OS Grid: NO349603

Mapcode National: GBR WD.Z5JW

Mapcode Global: WH6NZ.W3KG

Entry Name: Corogle, standing stones and stone circle 950m WNW of Corriehead

Scheduled Date: 26 September 1935

Last Amended: 19 November 2014

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM117

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Kingoldrum

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises a stone circle and an alignment of standing stones dating probably from the late Neolithic to Bronze Age (late third to second millennium BC). The stone circle is approximately 10m in diameter and formed of at least five rough boulders. Approximately 20m to the SSW, and in line with the two largest stones in the circle, are a further two monoliths, both now prostate and both around 2.2m long and 0.5m wide. A smaller stone with quartz veins is situated approximately 8m to the SSW in line with the others and is likely to be part of the same complex. The monument is located on the floor of the valley through which the Burn of Corogle runs, at about 290m above sea level.

The scheduled area is irregular on plan to include the stones described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's erection and use is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The scheduling excludes the top 400mm of the road surface to allow for its maintenance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as a well-preserved example of a complex of standing stones, apparently comprising a stone circle and associated stone alignment. The site appears largely undisturbed and there is high potential to ascertain the chronology and function of the monument and the relationship between its different components. There is good potential for the survival of well-preserved buried features and deposits, including human or animal remains, artefacts and ecofacts. Such archaeological deposits can inform our understanding of the contemporary population, of ritual and ceremonial activities in the prehistoric period and the character of the local environment at the time of the erection and use of the stones. The monument's importance is enhanced because the stones appear to be in their original location, enabling analysis of the form and function of the monument within its primary landscape context. The loss of this monument would diminish our ability to understand the nature of prehistoric belief and ritual in Angus and the placing and function of standing stones within the landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO36SW 2.


Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale), no 55, 4.

Ruggles, C L N 1981, 'A critical examination of the megalithic lunar observatories', in Ruggles, C L N and Whittle, A W R Astronomy and society in Britain during the period 4000-1500 BC, Brit Archaeol Rep, BAR Brit Ser 88, Oxford, 165.

Thom, A 1967 Megalithic sites in Britain, Oxford, 100, 119, 140.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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