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Barns of Claverhouse, souterrain 250m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in North East, Dundee City

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Latitude: 56.4981 / 56°29'53"N

Longitude: -2.9531 / 2°57'11"W

OS Eastings: 341422

OS Northings: 734412

OS Grid: NO414344

Mapcode National: GBR ZCT.6L

Mapcode Global: WH7R4.LXZV

Entry Name: Barns of Claverhouse, souterrain 250m NE of

Scheduled Date: 25 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6537

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Mains and Strathmartine

County: Dundee City

Electoral Ward: North East

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on sloping ground in arable farmland at around 80m OD. It comprises a souterrain some 10m long and about 2m wide, aligned roughly N-S with a kink to the E at its N end. Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. They are generally thought to have been used for storage.The presence of a souterrain thus implies the existence of associated, formerly above-ground buildings in the immediate vicinity.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the souterrain and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 50m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 43 SW 65.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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