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Portend, palisaded enclosure 400m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.182 / 56°10'55"N

Longitude: -4.295 / 4°17'41"W

OS Eastings: 257650

OS Northings: 701184

OS Grid: NN576011

Mapcode National: GBR 0Y.GF2V

Mapcode Global: WH3MJ.0W26

Entry Name: Portend, palisaded enclosure 400m E of

Scheduled Date: 16 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6958

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Port Of Menteith

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in a prominent position in arable farmland at around 20m OD close to the N bank of the Lake of Menteith. It comprises an enclosure some 40m in diameter defined by a narrow ditch or palisade trench about 1m-2m wide. It has an E-facing entrance marked by expanded palisade terminals.

The E side of the enclosure is clearly visible on the available photographs, while the W side is partly obscured by natural variations in soil depth. Palisaded enclosures of this type appear to be most characteristic of the earlier part of the Iron Age although some were built rather later.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the enclosure and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 70m 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 50 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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