New dates for enclosed sites in north-east Scotland: results of excavations by the Northern Picts project

Gordon Noble* (Corresponding Author), James O'Driscoll, Cathy MacIver, Edouard Masson-MacLean, Oskar Sveinbjarnarson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

35 Downloads (Pure)


This article presents the results of a program of investigation into the enclosed settlements/forts and promontory forts of north-east Scotland, undertaken as part of the Northern Picts project. Reconnaissance excavations are reported on for nine sites: Crathie Point and Durn Hill, northern Aberdeenshire (Banffshire); Barmkyn of North Keig, Hill of Keir, Hill of Christ’s Kirk and Cnoc Cailliche (Wheedlemont), central Aberdeenshire; and Doune of Relugas, Knock of Alves and Wester Tulloch, Moray. Targeted excavation was undertaken at all examples and in the majority of cases produced a basic chronology for key phases of occupation/defence at the sites in question. Thirty-two new radiocarbon dates are presented, with a number of sites producing Iron Age dates, but a smaller number also revealing early medieval phases of occupation and use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-196
Number of pages32
JournalProceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Early online date30 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2020


  • Enclosed sites
  • Northern Picts project
  • Fort
  • Ramparts
  • Wall
  • Ditch

Cite this