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Fordel, barrows & enclosures WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4033 / 56°24'11"N

Longitude: -2.8977 / 2°53'51"W

OS Eastings: 344696

OS Northings: 723811

OS Grid: NO446238

Mapcode National: GBR 2M.0GY9

Mapcode Global: WH7RR.GBD0

Entry Name: Fordel, barrows & enclosures WSW of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6742

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Leuchars

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a round barrow and rectilinear enclosures of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 15m OD. It comprises the remains of a round barrow some 25m in overall diameter, with a ditch up to 5m wide. Approximately 120m to the SSE is a group of at least three ring-ditches, between about 5-12m in diameter, each with a dark amorphous cropmark in their interior.

Approximately 120m to the S are at least seven rectilinear enclosures. Five are in a row aligned NW-SE. They measure between about 12-30m in length. A small ring-ditch is intersected by one of the enclosures, but the sequence of this relationship is unclear from the aerial photographs.

The ring-ditches are likely to represent the remains of small barrows with central grave pits. Round barrows are burial mounds characteristic of the Bronze Age and may be expected to contain evidence of burials. The enclosures are likely to have been palisaded; a palisade is a timber fence of closely spaced posts set in to a narrow continuous bedding trench.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises remains described above and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 280m N-S by 310m W-E, 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 35 and 36.

Aerial photographs used:

RCAHMS (1976) F/5435 NO42SW36.

RCAHMS (1978) F/6309 NO42SW34, 35, 36.

RCAHMS (1990) F/6309/TR NO42SW34, 35, 36.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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