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Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement east of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4299 / 56°25'47"N

Longitude: -2.8847 / 2°53'5"W

OS Eastings: 345532

OS Northings: 726757

OS Grid: NO455267

Mapcode National: GBR VM.KZWD

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.NNJ5

Entry Name: Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement E of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7099

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 15m OD. It comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement spread over two fields. There are a large number of disc-shaped marks measuring between 5m and 15m in diameter. There are also various amorphous cropmarks, a large number of pits, and several rectilinear features. The discs represent the remains of timber roundhouses while the other cropmarks may represent associated structures.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related remains may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 440m NNE-SSW by 290m transversely, bounded on the NW and S by field boundaries, 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 33.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A22157 NO42NE33.

RCAHMS (1984) A22158 NO42NE33.

RCAHMS (1979) F/7096 NO42NE33.

RCAHMS (1990) A22159/TR NO42NE33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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