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Meikle Coull,souterrains 250m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.72 / 56°43'12"N

Longitude: -2.8903 / 2°53'25"W

OS Eastings: 345608

OS Northings: 759057

OS Grid: NO456590

Mapcode National: GBR WM.ZMW1

Mapcode Global: WH7Q6.KCW6

Entry Name: Meikle Coull,souterrains 250m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6331

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Tannadice

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a group of souterrains and pits of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The monument lies in arable farmland at around 115m OD. It comprises two souterrains, one a simple curving cropmark, the other a more complex, S-shaped example with an arm branching off.

Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. Other cropmarks around the souterrains are likely to represent associated above-ground structures, particularly a substantial sub-circular cropmark immediately S of the two souterrains which appears to represent a former timber roundhouse.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 70m 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 economy and settlement. Its importance is enhanced by its association with sites of similar date in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 45 NE 48.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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