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Farmstead (Period Unassigned), Kiln (Period Unassigned), Rig And Furrow (Medieval)

Site Name Standingstones

Classification Farmstead (Period Unassigned), Kiln (Period Unassigned), Rig And Furrow (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Standing Stones

Canmore ID 80018

Site Number NJ70SE 17

NGR NJ 7870 0403

NGR Description NJ 7870 0403 and 786 039

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Echt
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ70SE 17 7870 0403 and 7870 0403

Long, thin rectangular embanked enclosure with area of rig and furrow; identified while checking aerial photographs held by Grampian Regional Council.

M Greig 1993.

Vertical air photography (Jasair NJ70 34-88. 036/7, flown 11 September 1988) has recorded a long and thin rectangular enclosure (NJ 7870 0403) and an area of rig-and-furrow cultivation further uphill (NJ 786 039). Both monuments are situated in rough grazing on a moderate N-facing slope at an altitude of about 85m OD.

NMRS, MS/712/33.

The remains of a small farmstead, comprising a building, an enclosure and a kiln, are situated at the foot of an unimproved N-facing slope about 240m SE of Standingstones farmsteading (NJ70SE 24). Subrectangular on plan, the building lies end-on to the slope and measures 18.3m from NE to SW by 6m transversely over grass- and heather-grown wall-footings up to 0.8m in thickness and 0.4m in height. The building was probably sub-divided into three compartments, the partitions lying some 4.7m from either end. Each compartment has an entrance in the SE wall, and the central one is furnished with a slight baffle wall on its SW side.

Situated 3m SE of the SW end of the building there is a subrectangular structure, probably a small enclosure, which measures 7m from NW to SE by 5.8m transversely over wall-footings up to 1.5m thick and 0.3m high.

The grass-grown kiln is situated 9m NW of the SW end of the building and is set into the crest of a NE-facing slope. The bowl of the kiln measures about 1.7m in diameter and is currently filled with field-cleared stones.

Traces of rig are visible in the immediate vicinity of the farmstead, and these probably represent the remains of a large area of cultivation which probably originally extended into the cultivated fields to the N. Extensive rig-and-furrow (NJ70SE 95) can also be seen in both the rough pasture and the conifer woodland that occupies the summit of the ridge to the S of the farmstead.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ATW), 27 March 1997.

Scheduled as 'Standingstones, farmstead 260m SE of... the remains of a pre-Improvement farmstead, surviving mainly as a set of upstanding earthworks, specifically a sub-rectangular building and enclosure, the stone-lined remains of a limekiln, and two long, linear banks.'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 28 April 2008.


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