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Forthar Cottage, enclosure 200m west of

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

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Latitude: 56.2492 / 56°14'57"N

Longitude: -3.1301 / 3°7'48"W

OS Eastings: 330067

OS Northings: 706869

OS Grid: NO300068

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.BBQ9

Mapcode Global: WH6R8.W6M4

Entry Name: Forthar Cottage, enclosure 200m W of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6834

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Kettle

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Howe of Fife and Tay Coast

Traditional County: Fife


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 80m OD. It comprises an oval enclosure some 55m NE-SW by about 40m, with a ditch approximately 2m wide. It has opposed entrances on the W and NE. The monument probably constitutes a defended settlement of later prehistoric date, or, less likely, it could represent a Class II henge, a Neolithic ceremonial monument.

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 90m, 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 30 NW 72.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1992) B79930 NO30NW72.

RCAHMS (1992) B79927 NO30NW72.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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