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Nether Drums, fort 300m north west of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2436 / 56°14'36"N

Longitude: -3.1729 / 3°10'22"W

OS Eastings: 327408

OS Northings: 706288

OS Grid: NO274062

Mapcode National: GBR 29.BM3G

Mapcode Global: WH6R8.7BCG

Entry Name: Nether Drums, fort 300m NW of

Scheduled Date: 15 March 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6937

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

Description

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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 95m OD. It comprises the remains of an oval-shaped fort measuring about 120m NE-SW by 80m. The fort is multivallate, the defences visible as three ditches.

The outermost and most substantial ditch measures about 10m in width. The other two ditches measure about 3m-4m in width. The entrance appears to be on the WNW. 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 a quadrilateral with maximum dimensions of 150m approximately NE-SW by 105m approximately NW-SE, 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 defended prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NO 20 NE 97.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP (1979) B51280-1/po NO20NE97.

RCAHMS (1984) A69393/CN NO20NE97.

RCAHMS (1984) A69394/CN NO20NE97.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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