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Site of Normandykes Roman marching camp

Normandykes (Grid Reference: NO 830994)[1] is the site of a Roman marching camp 1 mile (1.6 km) to the southwest of Peterculter, City of Aberdeen, Scotland.[2][3] The near-rectangular site, measuring approximately 860 by 510 metres (940 by 560 yd), covers about 106 acres (43 ha) of the summit and eastern slopes of a hill overlooking the River Dee and the B9077 road further south.[4] Aerial photographs for Normandykes have been archived between 1947 and 1976.[5] The camp is about 6 miles (10 km), or less than half a day's march, north of the Raedykes camp. It is possible that the actual route taken would have entailed one day's march, over a route likely chosen to avoid the Red Moss, a virtually uncrossable bog near the present day village of Netherley. Normandykes was first excavated in the year 1935 by Richmond and MacIntyre;[6] construction is thought to date to the Antonine or Severan periods.

The site is designated a scheduled ancient monument.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Landranger 45, Stonehaven and Banchory, 1:50000 (2004); Explorer 406 Aberdeen and Banchory, 1:25000, United Kingdom Ordnance Survey Map
  2. ^ Temporary Marching Camp: Normandykes, Peterculter, Grampian (2004) Archived 2009-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ St. Joseph, J.K., Air Reconnaissance of North Britain, J.R.S. xli (1951) p. 65
  4. ^ Crawford, O.G.S.Topography of Roman Scotland North of the Antonine Wall, Cambridge, England pp. 110-2 (1949)
  5. ^ RCAHMS Site Record for Normandykes Hilton; Oldtown; Peterculter Photographs (2004)
  6. ^ RCAHMS Archaeology Notes: Normandykes (2003)
  7. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Normandykes,Roman camp (SM2478)". Retrieved 26 February 2019.

Coordinates: 57°05′06″N 2°16′59″W / 57.085°N 2.283°W / 57.085; -2.283