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East Adamston, souterrain and unenclosed settlement 670m 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, souterrain and unenclosed settlement 670m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 3 October 1996

Last Amended: 14 September 2021

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6465

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Auchterhouse

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain and an unenclosed settlement, thought to be Iron Age in date. The buried archaeological remains are visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs. The monument is located on arable farmland at the eastern end of a low-lying ridge at 140m OD.

The souterrain is visible in aerial photographs as a curved dark mark, approximately 20m long and 2m wide. It is aligned east to west and two side passages are visible leading off from the main body of the souterrain towards its east end. Around 15m north northwest of the souterrain is a circular feature, interpreted as the remains of a round house, approximately 11m in diameter. 15m to the south of this feature are two further round houses, the larger at 15m across, is a less regular, sub-rectangular shape and the smaller at approximately 8.5m in diameter is circular on plan.

The scheduled area is circular, measuring 110m in diameter. 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 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


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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