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Invergowrie, souterrains west of TA Centre

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4614 / 56°27'40"N

Longitude: -3.0659 / 3°3'57"W

OS Eastings: 334412

OS Northings: 730421

OS Grid: NO344304

Mapcode National: GBR VH.6ZQF

Mapcode Global: WH6Q4.WV6J

Entry Name: Invergowrie, souterrains W of TA Centre

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6516

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dundee

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of two souterrains of later prehistoric date and associated features represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on fairly level ground in arable farmland at around 20m OD. It comprises a large souterrain, some 20m long by about 4m wide, truncated to the N by the modern road. Some 20m to the SSE is a second souterrain, some 25m long by approximately 3m wide, curving around a dark circular cropmark that may represent an associated building. Overlapping with this second souterrain is a small rectangular cropmark which may represent a slightly later building.

Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements. They are generally thought to have been used for storage. The present examples seem to form part of a dense area of prehistoric settlement.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmarks and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is a quadrilateral on plan with maximum dimensions of 100m ESE-WNW by 60m NNE-SSW 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 sites of similar date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 33 SW 29.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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