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Burnside, unenclosed settlement 300m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4374 / 56°26'14"N

Longitude: -2.8913 / 2°53'28"W

OS Eastings: 345139

OS Northings: 727598

OS Grid: NO451275

Mapcode National: GBR VM.KBCX

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.KGDD

Entry Name: Burnside, unenclosed settlement 300m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7102

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 20m OD. It comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement visible as a cluster of disc-shaped cropmarks. The cropmarks range in diameter from about 5m to 10m. There are a number of pits around them. Two further discs lie about 45m to the NE, and are both about 6m in diameter. There appears to be a nearly square enclosure to the N, measuring about 20m across. The discs represent the remains of timber roundhouses.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is a parallelogram in shape with maximum dimensions of 180m N-S by 100m 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 NO42NE 45.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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