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Meikleour, enclosures 500m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5424 / 56°32'32"N

Longitude: -3.365 / 3°21'54"W

OS Eastings: 316160

OS Northings: 739766

OS Grid: NO161397

Mapcode National: GBR V8.9VL7

Mapcode Global: WH6PM.8TVD

Entry Name: Meikleour, enclosures 500m NE of

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7027

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 45m OD. It comprises two enclosures, the best defined being a sub-rectangular ditched enclosure with rounded corners. This feature measures about 36m by 24m internally, with a ditch about 2m wide and opposed entrances in each of its long sides. To the SW is a fainter circular ditched enclosure about 45m in internal diameter.

The proximity of the sub-rectangular enclosure to the Cleaven Dyke and other ritual and ceremonial monuments suggests that it may have been a mortuary enclosure of Neolithic date. The circular enclosure appears, however, more characteristic of later prehistoric settlement.

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 rectangular, elongated NE-SW, with sides of 110m and 150m, 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 13 NE 33 and 43.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1982) PT/10675 NO13NE33, 43.

RCAHMS (1983) PT/14730 NO13NE33, 43.

RCAHMS (1989) PT/14730/TR NO13NE33, 43.

RCAHMS (1992) C1406 NO13NE33, 43.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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