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Purin, fort 350m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Howe of Fife and Tay Coast, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2391 / 56°14'20"N

Longitude: -3.1856 / 3°11'8"W

OS Eastings: 326611

OS Northings: 705801

OS Grid: NO266058

Mapcode National: GBR 28.BXZC

Mapcode Global: WH6R8.1FBX

Entry Name: Purin, fort 350m SW of

Scheduled Date: 18 August 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6938

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Falkland

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Howe of Fife and Tay Coast

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises the remains of a fort of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument is situated on a hillside, on a slight platform facing NE. It lies in what is presently arable farmland at around 195m OD. It comprises the remains of a sub-circular shaped fort measuring about 80m in maximum diameter.

It is multivallate, the defences visible as two concentric ditches, each about 2m in width, the outer ditch less well defined. The fort is a defended settlement of a type characteristic of the second half of the first millennium BC.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the visible remains and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 100m, 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 defended settlement and economy. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 20 NE 26.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1978) F/6285 NO20NE26.

RCAHMS (1978) F/6287 NO20NE26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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