Angus HER - NO34SW0007 - KINPURNEY HILL

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Primary ReferenceNO34SW0007
NameKINPURNEY HILL
NRHE Card No.NO34SW7
NRHE Numlink 32170
HES SM No. 3219
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of an unfinished fort. It was discovered by the RCAHMS during the Marginal Land Survey of 1956-8. It has an area of 16 1/2 acres (over 6 ha making it Angus' largest hill-fort), is sub-oval on plan and consists of a rampart and ditch some 30.5m (100') below the summit of the hill. Where evident, the rampart is generally reduced to a scarp, c. 2.0m high on average, and the ditch to a narrow terrace. The ditch on the north-west section is intermittent and suggests ganging work and that the fort is unfinished. On the south side, along the steep natural slope, there is little evidence of the rampart and none of the ditch. The entrance is in the middle of the west side and has curving inturns which narrow the entrance to c 7m. Rock from the fort is in Brechin Museum and is alleged to be vitrified, however Ralston notes that the local geology includes lavas and that resemblence to vitrification may be fortuitous. The hill enjoys unrestricted views for almost all points of the compass, only the south-east being restricted by Henderson Hill. The western entrance points directly at Schiehallion. A number of level settings occur within the interior, but there is no unambiguous evidence for round-houses.
Last Update15/08/2017
Updated Bycpalmer
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 332249.68440077, Northing: 741749.194873558

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National Grid Reference: NO 3224 4174



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
1956 Field Survey

Excavations and Surveys

Date MDate YTypeDurationDirector / OrganisationAuspicesFundExtent
 1956 Survey 2RCAHMS   
101999  IBMR   

Artefact and Ecofact

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
FORTS REMAINS OFA100
FORTS UNFINISHEDB100
RAMPARTS  C100
DITCHES  D100
ROCKS VITRIFIEDE100