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Downie Hillock

Fort (Iron Age)

Site Name Downie Hillock

Classification Fort (Iron Age)

Alternative Name(s) Dounie Hillock

Canmore ID 15531

Site Number NH95NE 5

NGR NH 9675 5815

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Moray
  • Parish Dyke And Moy
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Moray
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NH95NE 5 9675 5815

(NH 9675 5815) Fort: Downie (? Dounie) Hillock.

Visible on AP's (RAF/F22.58/1116:0340-1).

(Undated) information in NMRS.

The foundations of a fort were traced on Downie Hill by Mr John McEwan, minister of Dyke till 1914.

W Dyke 1966.

On Downie Hillock, an afforested knoll commanding extensive views in all directions, there is a fort. No trace of defences can be seen around the perimeter of the level oval summit of the knoll which measures 34.0m N-S by c.18.0m transversely, but at a lower level there is a terrace about 2.0m wide formed by scarping the slope. The entrance is in the S where the terrace widens to c.13.0m to provide space for an additional defence in the form of a short length of ditch flanking a break in the outer defensive scarp.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (RL), 19 January 1971.

After the clearing of trees from the fort interior and perimeter, a low bank on the southern edge of the interior can now be seen. (GRC NH95NE 11).

Sponsor: Grampian Regional Council.

I Shepherd 1991i.

Activities

Field Visit (19 January 1971)

On Downie Hillock, an afforested knoll commanding extensive views in all directions, there is a fort. No trace of defences can be seen around the perimeter of the level oval summit of the knoll which measures 34.0m N-S by c.18.0m transversely, but at a lower level there is a terrace about 2.0m wide formed by scarping the slope. The entrance is in the S where the terrace widens to c.13.0m to provide space for an additional defence in the form of a short length of ditch flanking a break in the outer defensive scarp. (GRC NH95NE 11)

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (RL) 19 January 1971

Field Visit (1991)

After the clearing of trees from the fort interior and perimeter, a low bank on the southern edge of the interior can now be seen.

Sponsor: Grampian Regional Council.

I Shepherd 1991i.

Note (25 March 2015 - 31 May 2016)

The remains of a small fortification can be seen on the Downie Hillock, which is a relatively prominent knoll in a small forestry plantation in the low undulating country W of Brodie Castle. It is oval on plan, and the visible defences comprise a single rampart reduced to little more than a scarp that can be traced round the margin of the summit, which measures about 34m from N to S by 18m transversely (0.05ha). The whole clearing is clothed in a deep litter of dead bracken, obscuring the character of the rampart and a slight terrace that extends along the W flank below the scarp and is possibly linked to the shallow ditch with an external bank that can also be seen at the S end. Both this bank and ditch and the inner scarp are pierced by an entrance on the S.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 31 May 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC2917

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