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Old Downie, ring ditch and enclosure 350m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Carnoustie and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5186 / 56°31'7"N

Longitude: -2.7903 / 2°47'25"W

OS Eastings: 351467

OS Northings: 736568

OS Grid: NO514365

Mapcode National: GBR VP.V9VV

Mapcode Global: WH7R7.3FJ2

Entry Name: Old Downie, ring ditch and enclosure 350m W of

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6744

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Monikie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Carnoustie and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a ring ditch house and a sub-rectangular enclosure of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 60m OD. It comprises a ring ditch some 10m to 12m in diameter with a ditch about 2m wide. Ring ditches such as this have been shown by excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of the later prehistoric period. Adjacent to the SW of the ring ditch is a sub-rectangular enclosure which measures some 30m by 40m, with a probable SW entrance.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the ring ditch and the sub-rectangular enclosure, and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 120m 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, economy and house-building techniques.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 53 NW 27.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1983) AN/6735 NO53NE27.

RCAHMS (1983) AN/6736 NO53NW27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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