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Carmichaels Cottages, ring ditch 150m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4665 / 56°27'59"N

Longitude: -3.1272 / 3°7'37"W

OS Eastings: 330648

OS Northings: 731050

OS Grid: NO306310

Mapcode National: GBR VF.ZHJ7

Mapcode Global: WH6Q3.YQ1L

Entry Name: Carmichaels Cottages, ring ditch 150m SE of

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6506

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Longforgan

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring ditch house of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises a ring ditch some 15m in diameter defined by a ditch some 2m wide. A linear ditch some 5m long runs NE from the centre of the ring ditch and may form part of an overlapping, but ill-defined, enclosure. This whole group of cropmarks lie within the projected line of a probable cursus monument visible on aerial photographs in the adjacent field.

Ring ditches such as this have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses of the later prehistoric period. The area to be scheduled encompasses the ring ditch and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 60m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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. Its importance is enhanced by its spatial association with the cursus monument.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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