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Auchterhouse

Cairn (Possible), Fort

Site Name Auchterhouse

Classification Cairn (Possible), Fort

Alternative Name(s) Auchterhouse Hill

Canmore ID 31874

Site Number NO33NE 3

NGR NO 3543 3975

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Auchterhouse
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District City Of Dundee
  • Former County Angus

Archaeology Notes

NO33NE 3 3543 3975.

(NO 3543 3975) Fort (NR)

OS 6" map, (1971)

A fort occupying a plateau slightly below the crest of Auchterhouse Hill.

The plateau is precipitous on the south and west and is defended on the east and SE by a set of five ramparts with medial ditches, the ramparts reaching a maximum height of 1.5m above the base of the ditch. There are possible traces of a single stone wall running round the north and NW.

Internally the fort is covered with trees, the southern half being occupied by a high natural knoll.

At NO 3545 3984 on the edge of the steep north slope is a possible cairn 5.0m in diameter consisting of a continuous circle, of large stones embedded in the ground. The interior is filled with stone to a height of 0.2m.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Statistical Account (OSA) 1794; Visited by OS (E G C) 14 December 1967.

Activities

Field Visit (28 August 1958)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.

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