Scheduled Monument

Bridge of Broubster,standing stones 1350m NE ofSM426

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
29/12/1933
Last Date Amended
29/01/1993
Supplementary Information Updated
07/11/2018
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Halkirk
NGR
ND 04728 60843
Coordinates
304728, 960843

Description

The site consists of the remains of a horseshoe shaped setting of standing stones on open moorland. Six stones form the remaining part of this stone setting. These stones are set in the form of an elongated horseshoe, with its open end to the SW. The stones vary from 0.2m to 2.2m in height. The area to be scheduled measures 155m SW-NE by a maximum of 75m NW- SE, to include the stones of the stone setting and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive

Statement of National Importance

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and ceremonial behaviour. The stone setting is one of a rare class of horseshoe shaped settings of stones. These stone settings are thought to be connected with the tradition of stone circle building.

References

Bibliography

The monument is RCAHMS number ND 06 SW 19.

About Scheduled Monuments

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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