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South Friarton, unenclosed settlement north of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4165 / 56°24'59"N

Longitude: -2.9211 / 2°55'16"W

OS Eastings: 343268

OS Northings: 725299

OS Grid: NO432252

Mapcode National: GBR VL.ZPFM

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.3Z8F

Entry Name: South Friarton, unenclosed settlement N of

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7093

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. The remains of an unenclosed settlement lies aligned roughly E-W. There are a large number of disc and crescent shaped cropmarks measuring between 4m and 12m in diameter. There are among and around these number of pits and other amorphous cropmarks. The discs and crescents indicate the positions of former circular timber houses while the amorphous marks may represent associated structures.

The area proposed for scheduling incldues the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 320m E-W by 170m 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 68.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1982) F/9220 NO42NW68.

RCAHMS (1982) F/9223 NO42NW68.

RCAHMS (1989) B21127 NO42NW68.

RCAHMS (1991) F/9219/TR NO42NW68.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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