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West Pilmore, ring ditch and enclosure 200m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4555 / 56°27'19"N

Longitude: -3.1028 / 3°6'9"W

OS Eastings: 332132

OS Northings: 729807

OS Grid: NO321298

Mapcode National: GBR VG.M95P

Mapcode Global: WH6QB.90RG

Entry Name: West Pilmore, ring ditch and enclosure 200m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6524

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Longforgan

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of ring ditch house and enclosure of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on fairly level ground in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises a ring ditch some 12-15m in diameter, the ditch being some 1-2m wide. The ring ditch has a well-defined E-facing entrance and darker patches in its interior suggesting the remains of former internal structures.

A length of ditch runs NNE-SSW, passing some 6-8m from the ring ditch, for about 35m before turning E-W for approximately 40m; the ditch measures 1-2m in width and may represent part of an enclosure around the ring ditch or an associated land division. A small ring ditch some 2-3m in diameter overlaps this enclosure ditch close to the larger ring ditch.

Ring ditches have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses of the later prehistoric period. This group of features appears, therefore, to represent part of a later prehistoric settlement complex.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmarks and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is a quadrilateral with maximum measurements of 65m N-S by 110m E-W 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 chronological and functional relationships between the various features will be of particular importance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NO 32 NW 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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