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Palisaded Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Fisherhills

Classification Palisaded Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Little Kinnaber; River North Esk

Canmore ID 36342

Site Number NO76SW 10

NGR NO 7258 6210

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO76SW 10 7258 6207

NO 725 620. The crop-marks of a large circular enclosure have been recorded W of Little Kinnaber, at the top of the steep scarp that drops down to the bridges across the River North Esk. Two concentric ditches, possibly palisaded, which lie about 20m apart, describe the S half of the enclosure, which may measure up to 100m in diameter over all.

RCAHMS 1978.


Note (8 June 2015 - 15 August 2016)

Cropmarks have revealed a large palisaded fortification on the crest of the hill on the S side of the River North Esk overlooking the bridges that carry the railway and the A92 public road north from Montrose. It has been photographed on numerous occasions, but while the SW half of the perimeter is clearly defined in successive photography, and presumably heavily eroded, only the inner of the two concentric circuits is known on the NE. Circular on plan, this measures about 55m in diameter (0.24ha), while the outer, lying a little over 20m outside it is about 100m in maximum diameter (0.78ha). No entrances are visible and no structures are discernible amongst the irregular maculae within the interior.

Information from An Atlas of Hillforts of Great Britain and Ireland – 15 August 2016. Atlas of Hillforts SC3106


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