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Balneaves Cottage

Pit Defined Cursus (Neolithic), Pit Enclosure (Prehistoric), Rig And Furrow (Medieval)

Site Name Balneaves Cottage

Classification Pit Defined Cursus (Neolithic), Pit Enclosure (Prehistoric), Rig And Furrow (Medieval)

Canmore ID 35460

Site Number NO64NW 27

NGR NO 60580 49470

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Kinnell
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus

Archaeology Notes

NO64NW 27 60580 49470

NO 607 496 to NO 604 492. Pit-alignments, Balneaves Cottage: aerial photography has revealed the crop-marks of two parallel lines of pits which run for over 500m in a south-westerly direction across level farmland SE of Balneaves Cottage. The lines of pits lie about 25m apart and appear to form an avenue, the NE end of which has been squared off by a single row of pits. The SW terminal of the avenue has not yet been located. About 85m SW of the NE end, a line of pits links the sides of the avenue, and other sub-divisions may be revealed by further photography.

RCAHMS 1978; G S Maxwell 1978


Aerial Photographic Transcription (10 January 1992 - 16 January 1992)

An aerial transcription was produced from oblique aerial photographs. Information from Historic Environment Scotland (BM) 31 March 2017.

Geophysical Survey (8 November 2010 - 19 November 2010)

Geophysical survey of two stubble fields covering a total area of 16ha was carried out on behalf of the Geddes Group between 8 and 19 November 2010. The remains at Balneaves Cottage are part of an extensive cropmark landscape that stretches up the terraces adjacent to the Lunan Water. The sites were block scheduled in 1994 (Scheduled Monument Reference No: 6041), due to their clarity on oblique aerial photographs dating from between 1976 and 1982. The cropmarks include a pitdefined

cursus (NMR No: NO64NW 27); ring ditches (NMRS No: NO64NW 28), a possible barrow (NMRS No: NO64NW 52) and a number of other probably

anthropogenic features which have not been individually described within the NMRS. The suite of cropmarks appears to reflect the use of this area in prehistory for funerary, ceremonial and possibly settlement purposes.

CFA Archaeology Ltd, February 2011

External Reference (14 October 2011)

Scheduled (with NO64NW 28, NO64NW 52 and NO64NW 124) as 'Balneaves Cottage, cursus and settlement SE of...'

[Outline description and situation described].

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 14 October 2011.


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