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Mains of Ardestie, souterrains 250m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Carnoustie and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.4961 / 56°29'45"N

Longitude: -2.8008 / 2°48'2"W

OS Eastings: 350795

OS Northings: 734061

OS Grid: NO507340

Mapcode National: GBR VP.WMFT

Mapcode Global: WH7R6.YZGF

Entry Name: Mains of Ardestie, souterrains 250m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 11 April 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6939

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Monikie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Carnoustie and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of two souterrains and associated features of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises the remains of two souterrains, one of about 20m in length, the other of 15m, both measuring roughly 4m in width. Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. They are generally thought to have been used for storage.

To the east of the souterrains is a further, roughly circular, cropmark which appears to represent the remains of a former timber roundhouse, some 16m in diameter.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmarks and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is approximately trapezoidal on plan with maximum dimensions of 110m NE-SW by 70m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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