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Mains of Gray, souterrains 250m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Lochee, Dundee City

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Latitude: 56.4792 / 56°28'45"N

Longitude: -3.078 / 3°4'40"W

OS Eastings: 333701

OS Northings: 732423

OS Grid: NO337324

Mapcode National: GBR VH.5NZJ

Mapcode Global: WH6Q4.PDHS

Entry Name: Mains of Gray, souterrains 250m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6509

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Liff and Benvie

County: Dundee City

Electoral Ward: Lochee

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a group of souterrains of later prehistoric date represented by curvilinear cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 50m OD. The largest souterrain is some 30m long and about 2m wide and is associated with a series of dark but diffuse cropmarks to its N, NE and SE which appear to represent the remains of associated domestic structures. A second souterrain close to the NW of the first measures some 15m long by approximately 2m wide.

Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. They are generally thought to have been used for storage.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the souterrains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 90m 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 33 SW 63.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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