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Easter Kinnear, unenclosed settlement & barrow north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.3991 / 56°23'56"N

Longitude: -2.9638 / 2°57'49"W

OS Eastings: 340607

OS Northings: 723394

OS Grid: NO406233

Mapcode National: GBR 2K.0S2Q

Mapcode Global: WH7RQ.FFW8

Entry Name: Easter Kinnear, unenclosed settlement & barrow NE of

Scheduled Date: 9 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6741

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Kilmany

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises an extensive unenclosed settlement and a barrow of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD. It comprises at least two ring-ditches measuring between 5m to 15m in diameter. The smaller and more north-easterly of the two has been identified as a barrow on account of its central pit, probably containing burial. There are a number of disc-shaped and more amorphous cropmarks ranging from 4m to 15m in diameter, and a number of pits. There is also at least one souterrain, near the NE edge of the field, which measures about 15m in length.

The ring-ditch and other cropmarks represent the remains of timber roundhouses and associated structures. Souterrains are subterranean structures generally thought to have been used for storage in later prehistory. The barrow is a burial mound of a type characteristic of the Bronze Age and may be expected to contain evidence of burials.

The area proposed scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 450m NE-SW by 150m NW-SE as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The modern fence crossing the NE end of the monument is excluded from scheduling, to allow for its maintenance.

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, and to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 SW 27.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1978) F/6302 NO42SW27.

RCAHMS (1988) A72171 NO42SW27.

RCAHMS (1992) B79852 NO42SW27.

RCAHMS (1990) A72172/TR NO42SW27.

RCAHMS (1990) F/6302/TR NO42SW26, 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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