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Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement 300m south west and 450m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4263 / 56°25'34"N

Longitude: -2.8907 / 2°53'26"W

OS Eastings: 345161

OS Northings: 726371

OS Grid: NO451263

Mapcode National: GBR VM.L4HN

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.KQQV

Entry Name: Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement 300m SW and 450m S of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6792

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 25m OD. It comprises a number of disc-shaped cropmarks measuring between about 4-15m in diameter. There are at least two ring-ditches measuring about 8m in overall diameter, and a number of pits, souterrains, and other, amorphous, features. The discs and ring-ditches represent the remains of former timber houses, while souterrains are subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage in later prehistory. The other cropmarks may be expected to represent associated structures.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is divided into two areas of unequal size. The area to the N is irregular, with maximum dimensions of 270m E-W by 210m N-S, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The area to the S is rectangular, measuring 60m E-W by 40m N-S, bounded on the S by a road, also as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

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 enhanced by its proximity to sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 NE 58.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1988) A56959 NO42NE58.

RCAHMS (1988) A56958 NO42NE58.

RCAHMS (1990) A56958/TR NO42NE58.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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