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East Adamston Mill,souterrain 600m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5105 / 56°30'37"N

Longitude: -3.0829 / 3°4'58"W

OS Eastings: 333450

OS Northings: 735904

OS Grid: NO334359

Mapcode National: GBR VH.3V3Z

Mapcode Global: WH6PY.MM4C

Entry Name: East Adamston Mill,souterrain 600m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 3 October 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6465

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Auchterhouse

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain of later prehistoric date and other remains represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 150m OD. It comprises a curving souterrain some 20m long and about 2m wide, aligned approximately E-W. Two side passages are visible leading off from the main body of the souterrain towards its E end. Close to the S is a roughly circular dark cropmark some 15m in diameter which may represent the preserved floor deposits of a former timber roundhouse associated with the souterrain. A number of other less well-defined cropmarks are present in the immediate vicinity of these main features.

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 cropmark remains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 110m 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 later prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is enhanced by the apparent survival of former structures in association with the souterrain.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 33 NW 16.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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