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Fordel, barrow & ring-ditches 550m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4021 / 56°24'7"N

Longitude: -2.9014 / 2°54'5"W

OS Eastings: 344463

OS Northings: 723677

OS Grid: NO444236

Mapcode National: GBR 2M.0N3F

Mapcode Global: WH7RR.DBMY

Entry Name: Fordel, barrow & ring-ditches 550m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6795

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Leuchars

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a barrow and two ring-ditches 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 35m in overall diameter, with a wide outer ditch about 10m across. Some 15m to the SW are two ring-ditches, both some 8m in diameter with ditches about 2m wide. The remains of another round barrow lie approximately 300m to the NE, and so the monument was probably once part of a more extensive barrow cemetery. Round barrows are burial mounds characteristic of the Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain evidence of burials.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains of the barrow and ring-ditches and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is rectangular, measuring 80m NNE-SSW by 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 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 16.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1979) F/6973 NO42SW16.

RCAHMS (1990) F/5435 NO42SW16, 36, 34.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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