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Upper Gothens, enclosure 350m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5582 / 56°33'29"N

Longitude: -3.3555 / 3°21'19"W

OS Eastings: 316779

OS Northings: 741519

OS Grid: NO167415

Mapcode National: GBR V8.8Y42

Mapcode Global: WH6PM.FFC7

Entry Name: Upper Gothens, enclosure 350m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 20 January 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7169

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Lethendy

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland on gently sloping ground, at about 55m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure, measuring some 65m in maximum diameter, defined by a narrow ditch about 1.5m wide. The ditch appears to consist of a number of sections, each nearly straight. There are indications of two separate lines of ditch on the SE, which may indicate a realignment at some stage during the site's history. There is a possible entrance on the SW.

The narrow ditch may originally have held a palisade, a timber fence of closely-spaced posts, or it may have been accompanied by a rampart. Enclosures of this type are characteristic of the prehistoric period.

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 110m, 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 the understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SE 43.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1982) PT/11184 NO14SE43.

RCAHMS (1982) PT/11186 NO14SE43.

RCAHMS (1990) PT/11187/TR NO14SE43.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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