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Dow Hill, fort

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3779 / 56°22'40"N

Longitude: -3.3802 / 3°22'48"W

OS Eastings: 314860

OS Northings: 721477

OS Grid: NO148214

Mapcode National: GBR 21.22L9

Mapcode Global: WH6QD.1YNJ

Entry Name: Dow Hill, fort

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6718

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Rhynd

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a fort of prehistoric date, partly visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs, and partly obscured by dense woodland.

The monument is situated on the prominent summit of a low hill, presently tree-covered. The defences are visible as cropmarks in the arable field around and to the S of the wood, and consist of two concentric arcs of ditch up to 4m wide and about 6m apart defining an area some 100m in diameter. There are several breaks in the circuit of the ditches which may indicate entrances.

The monument appears to represent a defended hill-top settlement characteristic of the first millennium BC.

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 175m, 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 defensive settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 12 SW 235.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1989) B17445/CN NO12SW235.

RCAHMS (1989) B23237 NO12SW235 and 236.

RCAHMS (1991) B23236/TR NO12SW235 and 236.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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