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Morton, timber hall and enclosure 240m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4209 / 56°25'15"N

Longitude: -2.8659 / 2°51'57"W

OS Eastings: 346679

OS Northings: 725749

OS Grid: NO466257

Mapcode National: GBR VN.6J7P

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.YWF0

Entry Name: Morton, timber hall and enclosure 240m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6877

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hall

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a rectangular timber building within an enclosure, possibly of later prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 10m OD. It comprises the remains of a rectangular building measuring about 35m NNE-SSW by 17m. It is defined by a ditch which measures between 1m and 1.5m. There is an internal division within the building, about 10m from the northern end. The building is situated in the SE corner of a sub-rectangular enclosure measuring about 50m by 55m.

There are a number of other rectilinear cropmarks in the immediate vicinity, including another enclosure to the W of this site. Structures of this kind are generally regarded as dating to the period of Roman influence in lowland Scotland, although some may be Medieval in date.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the visible remains and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is approximately a square, with sides of 85m, 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 later prehistoric settlement and economy, and house building techniques.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 NE 31.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1983) F/12900 NO42NE31.

RCAHMS (1983) F/12901 NO42NE31.

CUCAP (1979) B51353-4/po NO42NE31.

RCAHMS (1979) F/7100 NO42NE31, 42.

RCAHMS (1979) F/7098 NO42NE31, 42.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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