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Esky Loch, unenclosed settlement 400m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4167 / 56°25'0"N

Longitude: -2.9445 / 2°56'40"W

OS Eastings: 341828

OS Northings: 725338

OS Grid: NO418253

Mapcode National: GBR VL.CQ0D

Mapcode Global: WH7RJ.RZ29

Entry Name: Esky Loch, unenclosed settlement 400m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7091

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises two groups of disc-shaped cropmarks each measuring between about 5m and 10m in diameter. The northerly group is the larger, and a souterrain some 18m long lies about 55m to the W of it. The second group is 60m to the SE, and includes another souterrain about 11m long. There are also several pits.

The disc-shapes represent the remains of a small clustered settlement of timber roundhouses and ancillary buildings. Souterrains are subterranean structures generally thought to have been used for storage in later prehistory.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the visible remains and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is irregular, with maximum dimensions of 150m E-W by 160m N-S 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 settlement and economy. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 NW 56.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A22167 NO42NW55, 56.

RCAHMS (1991) A22167/TR NO42NW56.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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