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Boulterhall, barrow 450m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4116 / 56°24'41"N

Longitude: -2.9388 / 2°56'19"W

OS Eastings: 342168

OS Northings: 724769

OS Grid: NO421247

Mapcode National: GBR 2K.05PY

Mapcode Global: WH7RQ.T3RM

Entry Name: Boulterhall, barrow 450m NE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6800

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a square barrow of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 20m OD. It comprises a square ditched enclosure with sides about 6m long. There appears to be an entrance on the NE side. There are a number of pits around the field in which the barrow lies, and linear cropmarks nearby may represent the remains of old field boundaries. Square barrows such as this are characteristic funerary monuments of the first half of the first millennium AD.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the barrow and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is square with sides of 40m, 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 ritual and funerary practices. 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 52.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A22162 NO42SW52.

RCAHMS (1984) A22164 NO42SW52.

RCAHMS (1990) A22162 NO42SW52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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