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Scotscraig, unenclosed settlement 600m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.436 / 56°26'9"N

Longitude: -2.8996 / 2°53'58"W

OS Eastings: 344622

OS Northings: 727448

OS Grid: NO446274

Mapcode National: GBR VM.KGFH

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.FHGG

Entry Name: Scotscraig, unenclosed settlement 600m S of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7089

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Ferry Port On Craig

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 30m OD. It comprises a large complex of cropmarks aligned roughly N-S. There are a number of linear cropmarks, apparently relating to former land divisions. The remains of several sub-rectangular enclosures are visible. They range in size from between about 10m by 12m to about 15m by 20m in length.

There are two disc-shaped features some 8m in diameter to the S of these, apparently representing the remains of former timber roundhouses. The complex appears to represent the remains of an extensive system of houses, enclosures and land divisions associated with later prehistoric settlement.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape, bounded on the E and SE by field boundaries, and has maximum dimensions of 300m N-S by 210m E-W, 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. The importance of the site is enhanced by its complexity and the evidence it holds for the relationship between different structural forms. Its importance is also increased by its proximity to other sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 NW 54.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A13989 NO42NW25, 54.

RCAHMS (1982) F/9246 NO42NW54.

RCAHMS (1992) B79876 NO42NW54.

RCAHMS (1979) F/7112 NO42NW54.

RCAHMS (1991) F/9246/TR NO42NW54.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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