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East Mains of Whitewell,souterrains 400m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7089 / 56°42'32"N

Longitude: -2.8604 / 2°51'37"W

OS Eastings: 347421

OS Northings: 757797

OS Grid: NO474577

Mapcode National: GBR VM.MKJL

Mapcode Global: WH7Q7.1M5R

Entry Name: East Mains of Whitewell,souterrains 400m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6371

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 of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The souterrains lie close to the W bank of the River South Esk in arable farmland at around 70m OD. At least 6 souterrains are visible as are a number of pits scattered among them. The souterrains are represented by curved and straight linear cropmarks up to 10m long and 5m wide.

Souterrains represent semi-underground storage buildings attached to former above-ground settlements. It is probable that remains of the accompanying above-ground structures survive close to the souterrains.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described above and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is a quadrilateral with maximum dimensions of 120m WSW-ENE by 110m 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 area around the souterrains may be expected to contain deposits relating to prehistoric domestic activities.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 45 NE 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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