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Glenorkie, barrows 300m SSE of

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

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Latitude: 56.2525 / 56°15'8"N

Longitude: -3.1293 / 3°7'45"W

OS Eastings: 330123

OS Northings: 707233

OS Grid: NO301072

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.B4WP

Mapcode Global: WH6R8.X30M

Entry Name: Glenorkie, barrows 300m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6751

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Kettle

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Howe of Fife and Tay Coast

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a group of square and round barrows of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 50m OD. Two conjoined square barrows each measure about 10m across within a ditch about 1m broad. Each barrow has a central burial pit. There is a circular barrow about 20m to the NW of this pair, measuring about 15m in diameter with a ditch about 1m wide, and a central burial pit. There is a second probable round barrow, again with a central burial pit, some 50m to the NW.

There are a number of small amorphous cropmarks beside the latter barrow. The barrows would originally have been burial mounds and so would be expected to contain evidence of burials. Square barrows are characteristic of the first half of the first millennium AD, whereas the round barrows are characteristic of the Bronze Age.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is an irregular quadrilateral, bounded on the NW and NE by the edge of roads and on the SE by the foot of a railway embankment, with maximum dimensions of 180m NE-SW by 100m 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 prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. The monument may be expected to contain evidence relating to its construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 30 NW 71.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1983) F/12279 NO30NW71.

RCAHMS (1983) F/12281 NO30NW71.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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