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Tayfield, settlement north east of South Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4342 / 56°26'3"N

Longitude: -2.9352 / 2°56'6"W

OS Eastings: 342425

OS Northings: 727286

OS Grid: NO424272

Mapcode National: GBR VL.YD6F

Mapcode Global: WH7RJ.WJGS

Entry Name: Tayfield, settlement NE of South Lodge

Scheduled Date: 23 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7092

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 50m OD. It comprises a group of cropmarks aligned NNE-SSW. Two sub-rectangular enclosures are visible, measuring about 12m WNW-ESE by about 17m NNE-SSW, and have ditches about 2m wide.

Several sub-circular dark cropmarks to the W and S measure between about 5m-12m in diameter. To the N there is a possible souterrain approximately 9m long. There are a number of pits, and three curved linear features to the N, which may be expected to represent associated structures.

The sub-circular cropmarks indicate the remains of former timber houses and other buildings, while souterrains were subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the visible remains and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular on plan, with maximum dimensions of 265m NNE-SSW by 140m ESE-WNW, 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 65.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1982) F/9228 NO42NW65.

RCAHMS (1982) F/9230 NO42NW65.

RCAHMS (1991) F/9230/TR NO42NW65.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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