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Middle Gourdie, souterrain 380m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5592 / 56°33'33"N

Longitude: -3.444 / 3°26'38"W

OS Eastings: 311342

OS Northings: 741737

OS Grid: NO113417

Mapcode National: GBR V6.FMV6

Mapcode Global: WH6PL.2D8H

Entry Name: Middle Gourdie, souterrain 380m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6896

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a souterrain of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 50m OD. The souterrain itself is represented by a curved cropmark measuring about 12m in length. To the E and NE are a number of pits and less well-defined cropmarks which may be expected to represent associated structures.

Souterrains were semi-subterranean structures generally thought to have been used for storage in later prehistory. They formed part of larger above-ground settlements, the remains of which generally do not show such clear cropmarks but nonetheless often survive below the ground surface.

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 65m, 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 enhanced by its proximity to monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SW 80 and 70.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1989) B22691 NO14SW80.

RCAHMS (1992) C1373 NO14SW80, 35, 70.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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