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Rockhead Cottage, unenclosed settlement 800m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4353 / 56°26'7"N

Longitude: -2.8953 / 2°53'42"W

OS Eastings: 344891

OS Northings: 727371

OS Grid: NO448273

Mapcode National: GBR VM.KHGV

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.HHJZ

Entry Name: Rockhead Cottage, unenclosed settlement 800m SE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7097

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 unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 25m OD. It includes several archaeological features. There is a ring-ditch about 6m in diameter with a ditch some 1m wide. To the NW of the ring-ditch there is a disc-shaped cropmark about 8m in diameter and there is a second disc about 60m to the SW, measuring about 12m in diameter.

Between the ring-ditch and the second disc there is an L-shaped linear cropmark some 60m long and about 2m wide. Both ring-ditches and discs such as these have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses and associated structures.

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 with maximum dimensions of 160m NNE-SSW by 100m transversely, bounded on the N and W sides by field fences, 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 81 and 25.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1990) B43105 NO42NW81.

RCAHMS (1992) B79874 NO42NW81, 25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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