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Wester Bonhard, unenclosed settlement 300m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4255 / 56°25'31"N

Longitude: -3.3677 / 3°22'3"W

OS Eastings: 315736

OS Northings: 726759

OS Grid: NO157267

Mapcode National: GBR V8.K1L4

Mapcode Global: WH6Q6.7RKJ

Entry Name: Wester Bonhard, unenclosed settlement 300m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 20 January 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6710

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Scone

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument is situated on the summit of a low hill at about 350m OD. It comprises a scatter of settlement remains, the most prominent being on the NW side of the field, where there are two disc-shaped cropmarks and a ring-ditch. Excavation elsewhere has shown that such features represent the buried remains of prehistoric timber roundhouses. The discs have a maximum diameter of about 18m, and each has a narrow curving feature leading off from it measuring up to 14m in length.

These features represent the remains of souterrains, semi-subterranean, passage-like structures generally thought to have been used for storage in the later prehistoric period. The ring-ditch measures about 18m in overall diameter and has an amorphous cropmark within its interior, indicating the survival of internal deposits. A series of less well-defined cropmarks to the S and SW indicate the positions of pits and other associated structures.

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 sub-rectangular, with maximum dimensions of 120m NE-SW by 80m, 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. Its importance is increased by its proximity to monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 12 NE 31.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1990) A64738/TR NO12NE31.

RCAHMS (1984) A64738 NO12NE31.

RCAHMS (1992) B84893cs NO12NE31.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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