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Strathburn, ring-ditch 400m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4043 / 56°24'15"N

Longitude: -2.9261 / 2°55'33"W

OS Eastings: 342944

OS Northings: 723942

OS Grid: NO429239

Mapcode National: GBR 2L.0GL0

Mapcode Global: WH7RR.09X8

Entry Name: Strathburn, ring-ditch 400m N of

Scheduled Date: 20 November 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6738

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Leuchars

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a ring-ditch house of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 20m OD. It comprises a ring-ditch some 15m in diameter with a ditch about 2m wide. Cropmarks within the ring-ditch may indicate surviving internal deposits. Ring-ditches such as this have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses of the later prehistoric period.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains of the ring-ditch and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 50m 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 SW 23.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1978) F/6438 NO42SW23.

RCAHMS (1988) A72159 NO42SW23.

RCAHMS (1990) F/6438/TR NO42SW23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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