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Middle Gourdie, unenclosed settlement 400m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5606 / 56°33'38"N

Longitude: -3.4364 / 3°26'11"W

OS Eastings: 311813

OS Northings: 741879

OS Grid: NO118418

Mapcode National: GBR V6.FPM4

Mapcode Global: WH6PL.5CVF

Entry Name: Middle Gourdie, unenclosed settlement 400m SE of

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6894

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland on a low rise at around 40m. It comprises four conjoined disc-shaped cropmarks, each measuring up to 10m in diameter, which are arranged in a row aligned ENE-WSW. Such cropmarks are characteristic of later prehistoric timber roundhouses and the site appears, therefore, to represent a small prehistoric settlement.

Some 15m to the WSW of the settlement is a curved cropmark measuring about 12m in length which appears to represent the remains of a souterrain. Souterrains were semi-subterranean structures generally thought to have been used for storage in later prehistory.

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 75m ENE-WSW by 45m, 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 14 SW 38.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A64706 NO14SW38.

RCAHMS (1989) B22685 NO14SW38.

RCAHMS (1989) A64706/TR NO14SW38.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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