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Esky Loch, barrows 400m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4145 / 56°24'52"N

Longitude: -2.9435 / 2°56'36"W

OS Eastings: 341886

OS Northings: 725097

OS Grid: NO418250

Mapcode National: GBR VL.CXYQ

Mapcode Global: WH7RQ.R1JD

Entry Name: Esky Loch, barrows 400m E of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7090

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a group of barrows of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 25m OD. It comprises the remains of a square barrow some 12m across with a grave pit slightly off centre. It appears to have causeways across the corners of the ditch. About 40m to the ESE are the remains of a round barrow some 14m in maximum diameter, with a central grave pit.

Some 5m to the S are the remains of a second square barrow, about 10m across, with a grave pit slightly off centre. Square barrows such as this are characteristic funerary monuments of the first half of the first millennium AD. Round barrows are normally characteristic of the Bronze Age. All the barrows may be expected to contain evidence of burials.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains of the barrows as described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is an irregular quadrilateral in shape with maximum dimensions of 110m NW-SE by 60m NE-SW as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to a range of other sites of potentially contemporary dates.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 NW 55.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1991) A22165/TR NO42NW55.

RCAHMS (1991) F/8293/TR NO42NW55, 56.

RCAHMS (1981) F/8293 NO42NW55.

RCAHMS (1984) A22165 NO42NW55.

RCAHMS (1981) F/8293 NO42NW55.

RCAHMS (1984) A22165 NO42NW55.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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