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Grange of Elcho, souterrains north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3778 / 56°22'40"N

Longitude: -3.3925 / 3°23'33"W

OS Eastings: 314099

OS Northings: 721480

OS Grid: NO140214

Mapcode National: GBR 20.25SX

Mapcode Global: WH6QC.VYPL

Entry Name: Grange of Elcho, souterrains NW of

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6717

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Rhynd

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises two souterrains of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD. It comprises two tightly curved souterrains, the southernmost measuring about 10m in length, and the northernmost measuring about 20m in length. A dark amorphous cropmark separating the two souterrains may well represent the remains of an associated timber house.

Souterrains are semi-subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage in the later prehistoric period. They are commonly associated with traces of former above-ground buildings.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related remains may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape, measuring 140m between its most northerly and southerly points and 110m between its most easterly and westerly points, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. Above-ground components of the electricity pylon which occupies part of the site are excluded from the scheduling.

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. Its importance is increased by its proximity to monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 12 SW 206.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A64799 NO12SW206.

RCAHMS (1984) A64801 NO12SW206.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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