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Mains of Fordie, souterrain 150m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5604 / 56°33'37"N

Longitude: -3.4781 / 3°28'41"W

OS Eastings: 309253

OS Northings: 741912

OS Grid: NO092419

Mapcode National: GBR V5.6RWZ

Mapcode Global: WH5NF.JCZL

Entry Name: Mains of Fordie, souterrain 150m NW of

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7130

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a souterrain of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs

The monument lies on a moderately level area on otherwise sloping ground in arable farmland at around 70m OD. It comprises a curved cropmark, narrowing to a sharp hook on the NE, which measures some 13m in overall length and represents the remains of a souterrain.

Its outline displays a marked 'waist', and it is not clear whether this reflects the presence of two separate chambers, linked by a doorway, or the survival of some of the roofing slabs in their original position.

Souterrains are semi-subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage in later prehistory, and are usually found associated with timber houses. It is to be expected that the remains of such houses will survive under the ploughsoil in the immediate vicinity of the souterrain.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 70m, 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 04 SE 32.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A29228 NO04SE32.

RCAHMS (1984) A64712 NO04SE32.

RCAHMS (1984) A29229/TR NO04SE32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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