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Langstane, standing stone 40m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.3581 / 58°21'29"N

Longitude: -3.1564 / 3°9'22"W

OS Eastings: 332431

OS Northings: 941647

OS Grid: ND324416

Mapcode National: GBR L6KM.YMQ

Mapcode Global: WH6F0.H56Y

Entry Name: Langstane, standing stone 40m S of

Scheduled Date: 14 July 1939

Last Amended: 16 August 2016

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM501

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Wick

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument is a standing stone, a ritual or ceremonial monument, dating probably to the late Neolithic or Bronze Age (the late third or second millennium BC). Formed of Caithness flagstone, the lichen-covered stone stands approximately 2m high, 0.9m wide and 0.4m thick. It is of a relatively uniform shape with its top face sloping westwards. The monument is located immediately to the west of the playground wall of the former Ulbster School.

The scheduled area is a clipped circle on plan, measuring 10m in diameter, to include the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's use and re-use is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The scheduled area extends up to but does not include the stone wall to the immediate east. The scheduling also excludes the above ground elements of all modern boundary features. The monument was first scheduled in 1939, but the documentation did not meet current standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved and impressive example of a single prehistoric standing stone, a type of ceremonial monument dating to the Neolithic or Bronze Age. It is part of a wider landscape of broadly contemporary ceremonial and related monuments in Caithness. Overall, the monument can enhance our understanding of social and ceremonial activities in prehistoric times, and the beliefs of the people that built and used these sites.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 9024 (accessed on 05/05/2016).

Mercer, R J, 1985. Archaeological field survey in northern Scotland: volume III: 1982-3, University of Edinburgh, Department of Archaeology, Occasional Paper No. 11. Edinburgh.

RCAHMS, 1911. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness. London.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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