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Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement 500m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4245 / 56°25'28"N

Longitude: -2.8866 / 2°53'11"W

OS Eastings: 345409

OS Northings: 726162

OS Grid: NO454261

Mapcode National: GBR VM.L5H6

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.MSM8

Entry Name: Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement 500m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7103

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. In the northern part of the area there is the cropmark of a possible sub-rectangular timber building some 20m E-W and up to about 9m wide. It appears to be partially enclosed by an irregularly shaped ditched enclosure. To the S there are at least six disc-shaped cropmarks and at least two ring-ditches, measuring between 4m to 10m in maximum diameter. A crescent-shaped cropmark, measuring about 12m across, is intersected by a sub-square ditched enclosure with sides of about 12m. There are also three probable souterrains, each about 8m long. Two conjoined sub-rectangular enclosures lie at the southernmost edge of this field. The larger, to the E, measures 20m ENE-WSW by 16m and has a ring-ditch in the interior, while the western one measures 16m ENE-WSW by 13m. There is possibly a third enclosure joined to the eastern end of this pair. There are also a number of pits and other linear cropmarks, which may be expected to represent the remains of associated structures.

The discs, crescents, and ring-ditches represent the remains of timber roundhouses, while souterrains are subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage in later prehistory.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them in which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 200m WSW-ENE by 140m N-S, bounded on the S and E by a plantation and on the W by a road, 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 42 and 56

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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