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Carse Grey,settlement and souterrains 600m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Forfar and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.67 / 56°40'11"N

Longitude: -2.8838 / 2°53'1"W

OS Eastings: 345934

OS Northings: 753481

OS Grid: NO459534

Mapcode National: GBR VM.PS47

Mapcode Global: WH7QD.NMZ3

Entry Name: Carse Grey,settlement and souterrains 600m SW of

Scheduled Date: 16 January 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6311

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Rescobie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Forfar and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement and souterrains of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 110m OD. It comprises two souterrains of some complexity associated with cropmarks representing fragments of former surface buildings. The largest souterrain comprises an arc of ditch approximately 30m long and 1.5m wide with a side ditch some 5m long and 1m wide projecting to the S.

Adjacent to the E is a second, smaller souterrain some 15m long, again with a projecting short length of ditch on its S side. At the E terminus of the first souterrain is a dense dark cropmark representing the remains of a surface timber building associated with the souterrains. Other associated cropmarks may represent similar structures.

The remains appear to represent a later prehistoric settlement comprising surface houses and souterrains or semi-subterranean storage buildings. The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 100m 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. The souterrains appear to be well preserved and complex and may contain information that will help resolve the problems associated with the interpretation of their function and date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 45 SE 107.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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