MHG2832 - Possible Pit Circle, Brackley


Site of a possible pit circle visible as cropmarks.

Type and Period (2)

  • PIT CIRCLE (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • ROUND HOUSE (DOMESTIC) (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)

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Full Description

On the SE side of A96 are at least seven circular crop marks, some with concentric rings of post holes.
G D B Jones and I Keillar 1985; I Keillar 1986.

Some of the features were Scheduled by Historic Scotland in 2007. Scheduled as 'Brackley, settlement 230m ENE of,... a prehistoric settlement of at least four roundhouses, visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. It survives as negative (buried) features, situated on level ground 175m to the ENE of the buildings [NH85SW 46] at Brackley. As a group the four roundhouses are aligned roughly E to W, with the middle pair situated very close together on a NW to SE alignment. The roundhouse to the E has a ditch that is 3-4m wide enclosing an internal area 13m in diameter. A ring of thirteen postholes is situated around the perimeter of the internal area. A break in the line of the ditch occurs on the N. The SE example consists of a pennanular ditch, 3-4m wide, tracing its N perimeter, with a break in the centre indicating its entranceway. The NW roundhouse in the middle pair consists of a broad ditch, 4-6m wide, giving an overall external diameter of 21m. The roundhouse to the W is defined along its northern perimeter by a broad penannular ditch, 5.5m wide, tapering to the W.'

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Grid reference Centred NH 8046 5217 (115m by 84m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH85SW
Civil Parish PETTY
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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