Scheduled Monument

Tuach Hill, stone circle and enclosure 130m SW of Gallow TopSM50

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
31/08/1925
Last Date Amended
29/08/1996
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual or funerary rather than defensive or domestic); henge; stone circle or ring
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Parish
Kintore
NGR
NJ 79568 15458
Coordinates
379568, 815458

Description

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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