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slopes of a hill overlooking the River Dee and the B9077 road further south.[4] Aerial photographs for Normandykes have been archived between 1947 and 1976.[5] The camp is about 6 miles (10 km), or less than half a day's march, north of the Raedykes camp.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


  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.

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