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Unenclosed settlement, 315m east of Dovecot Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Latitude: 56.4871 / 56°29'13"N

Longitude: -3.0957 / 3°5'44"W

OS Eastings: 332620

OS Northings: 733313

OS Grid: NO326333

Mapcode National: GBR VG.KBTL

Mapcode Global: WH6Q4.F62R

Entry Name: Unenclosed settlement, 315m E of Dovecot Cottage

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1996

Last Amended: 11 October 2021

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6508

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Fowlis Easter

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as by cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs. The monument lies in gently sloping and south facing arable farmland at around 105m above sea level.

The scheduled area contains at least six roundhouses represented by dark circular cropmarks, measuring up to 15m in diameter. There is a seventh cropmark recorded, at the north of the site, sub-oval on plan and smaller than the other features. This could be another form of enclosure rather than a roundhouse. Roundhouses were domestic dwellings and generally date to the Iron Age. The collection of cropmark features at this site represents the remains of an unenclosed settlement.

The scheduled area is irregular, extending up to 15 metres from the outer edges of the cropmarks (based on transcription data). It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown 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 sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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