- Category: N/A
- Date Added: 17/12/1996
- Type: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cursus/bank barrow
- Local Authority: Angus
- Parish: Barry
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NO 51611 34667
- Coordinates: 351611, 734667
The monument comprises the remains of a cursus of Neolithic date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.
The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises the remains of a cursus defined by two parallel rows of large pits 40m apart, visible for a length of around 130m.
A further row of pits joins these two rows approximately half-way along their visible length. Adjacent to the S end of this linking row is a small circular ditch, apparently the remains of a burial mound. Each individual pit within the rows measures some 2-3m in diameter.
Cursus monuments date to the Neolithic period, from around 3500 BC, and appear to have been used for ceremonial purposes, possibly involving processions, as well as occasionally for burial.
The area to be scheduled encompasses the cursus and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is rectangular in shape measuring 180m NE-SW by 80m NW-SE as shown in red on the accompanying map.
Statement of National Importance
The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of Neolithic ceremonial and funerary practice.
RCAHMS records the monument as NO 53 SW 45.
Aerial Photographs used:
RCAHMS (1990) B43117 NO53SW45.
RCAHMS (1990) B$£119 NO53SW45.
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