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Prosen Bridge,souterrain 500m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7192 / 56°43'9"N

Longitude: -2.9938 / 2°59'37"W

OS Eastings: 339271

OS Northings: 759054

OS Grid: NO392590

Mapcode National: GBR WH.ZP6H

Mapcode Global: WH7Q4.ZCJT

Entry Name: Prosen Bridge,souterrain 500m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6305

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Cortachy and Clova

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The souterrain lies on fairly level ground in arable farmland at around 150m OD. It comprises a souterrain some 20m long by about 3-4m in maximum width, curving from E to S. The background geology of ice wedges makes any associated features difficult to distinguish.

Souterrains are generally held to represent semi-subterranean cellars attached to later prehistoric timber domestic buildings. Several such buildings lie in an area to the W and more may be directly associated with this souterrain, although not visible on the available photographs.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is a circle with a diameter of 60m, minus a chord on the NNE side, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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. The importance of the site is enhanced by its proximity to a dense landscape of prehistoric cropmarks.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 35 NE 46.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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