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Shandford,souterrain 700m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7513 / 56°45'4"N

Longitude: -2.8221 / 2°49'19"W

OS Eastings: 349826

OS Northings: 762486

OS Grid: NO498624

Mapcode National: GBR WP.XQV3

Mapcode Global: WH7Q1.MKCR

Entry Name: Shandford,souterrain 700m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 8 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6410

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 130m OD. It comprises a souterrain some 15m long by up to about 3-4m wide. At its N end is a dense, dark cropmark, some 4-6m in diameter, apparently representing the remains of an associated above-ground structure. Souterrains were semi-underground storage structures associated with later prehistoric settlements. Several faint cropmarks in the vicinity appear to relate to the former associated domestic buildings.

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 90m 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. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with other groups of souterrains in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 46 SE 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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