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Benvie, enclosure 50m south east of Benvie Church

A Scheduled Monument in Lochee, Dundee City

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Latitude: 56.4701 / 56°28'12"N

Longitude: -3.0908 / 3°5'26"W

OS Eastings: 332896

OS Northings: 731421

OS Grid: NO328314

Mapcode National: GBR VH.660P

Mapcode Global: WH6Q4.HMFS

Entry Name: Benvie, enclosure 50m SE of Benvie Church

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6558

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Liff and Benvie

County: Dundee City

Electoral Ward: Lochee

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 20m OD. It comprises the SE angle of a roughly square enclosure, measuring some 40m NNW-SSE by about 30m NE-SW within a ditch some 3m wide. A second length of ditch lies inside the angle; it runs for about 20m NE-SW and is approximately 2m wide. At its NE end it bends slightly towards the N.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the enclosure and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 100m NNE-SSW by 70m 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 proximity to other settlements of similar date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 32029 (accessed on 19/10/2021).

Wilson D R 2000. Air Photo Interpretation for Archaeologists. Tempus, Stroud.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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