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Foirche,settlement,Dalshian

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6898 / 56°41'23"N

Longitude: -3.7042 / 3°42'15"W

OS Eastings: 295712

OS Northings: 756633

OS Grid: NN957566

Mapcode National: GBR V0.1MB0

Mapcode Global: WH5MR.23BW

Entry Name: Foirche,settlement,Dalshian

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6296

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Logierait

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by a series of earthworks.

The monument known locally as Foirche (or Fourich) lies on level ground at around 90m OD on the edge of the steep slope down to the flood plain of the River Tummel. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure, measuring some 45m NW-SE by 42m internally and some 70m diameter overall. The enclosure is defined by an earthen bank standing up to 2m above the base of the surrounding ditch. An entrance in the N is represented by a break in the bank and a causeway across the ditch. On the S and W sides the role of the ditch is taken by the steep natural scarp.

The enclosure appears to represent the remains of a later prehistoric defended settlement. The level ground to the N and E of the enclosure contains traces of low banks possibly representing associated external enclosure.

A small, rectangular burial ground defined by a stone wall occupies part of the interior, utilising the remains of the former St Catherine's Church.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the earthworks and an area to the N and E where traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 100m N-S by 120m as marked in red on the accompanying map. The scheduling excludes the upstanding remains of St Catherine's Church and the burial ground within it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The uncultivated interior of the enclosure may contain well preserved building foundations contemporary with the occupation of the site.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NN95NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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