Tuach Hill, stone circle and enclosure 130m SW of Gallow TopSM50
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- Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual or funerary rather than defensive or domestic); henge; stone circle or ring
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- NJ 79568 15458
- 379568, 815458
The monument comprises a scoop in the SW facing hillside, overlooking a long burial mound, bounded by an enclosing ditch with an external bank. Within the enclosed area are the remains of a stone circle or setting; only one stone is now upright. The enclosed area measures 7.3m across within the ditch, which is c. 3.6m wide. Antiquarian digging in the 19th century revealed traces of human burial.
The area to be scheduled is a wedge shape, bounded by the field fences (which are specifically excluded from the scheduling) on the S and E, measuring a maximum of 40m SW-NE and 48m NW-SE, to include the visible remains and any other traces of the use of the site that may survive in the area, as marked in red on the accompanying map.
Statement of National Importance
The monument is of national importance as a ceremonial and burial monument of the prehistoric period. It is possibly a henge monument. Its siting and characteristics are very unusual, and, in an area where few henges survive it has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of later Neolithic and early Bronze Age ceremonial and burial activity.
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