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Shandford,souterrains 400m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7516 / 56°45'5"N

Longitude: -2.8271 / 2°49'37"W

OS Eastings: 349521

OS Northings: 762523

OS Grid: NO495625

Mapcode National: GBR WP.XPQQ

Mapcode Global: WH7Q1.KK0J

Entry Name: Shandford,souterrains 400m SE of

Scheduled Date: 8 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6409

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 number of souterrains of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 140m OD. It comprises a group of at least four souterrains. The souterrains vary in size from approximately 15m long by 2m wide to some 6m long by 2m wide and are represented by dark, curved cropmarks. Souterrains were semi-underground storage buildings attached to later prehistoric settlements and a series of less well-defined cropmarks in the immediate vicinity may represent the remains of these associated settlements.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 110m 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 prehistoric settlement and economy. The importance of the monument is enhanced by its proximity to a group of similar souterrains in the immediate vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 46 SE 36.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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