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Shandford,souterrain 700m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7544 / 56°45'15"N

Longitude: -2.8226 / 2°49'21"W

OS Eastings: 349797

OS Northings: 762828

OS Grid: NO497628

Mapcode National: GBR WP.XJPQ

Mapcode Global: WH7Q1.MH3D

Entry Name: Shandford,souterrain 700m E of

Scheduled Date: 8 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6408

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Fern

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 150m OD. It comprises a souterrain some 12m long by up to 2m wide showing as a light coloured cropmark. Souterrains were semi-underground storage buildings associated with above-ground settlements. The remains of the former above-ground structures may be expected to survive close to the souterrain.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains desribed and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 70m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of later prehistoric settlement and economy. The importance of the site is greatly enhanced by its proximity to other souterrain groups in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 46 SE 37.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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