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Pitcundrum, enclosure 700m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Carnoustie and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5367 / 56°32'12"N

Longitude: -2.7137 / 2°42'49"W

OS Eastings: 356203

OS Northings: 738525

OS Grid: NO562385

Mapcode National: GBR VR.N3PR

Mapcode Global: WH7R2.9Y0S

Entry Name: Pitcundrum, enclosure 700m S of

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6609

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Arbirlot

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Carnoustie and District

Traditional County: Angus


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 80m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure some 110m diameter surrounded by a ditch 2-3m wide. The S and W arcs are not visible on the available photographs due to variations in crops between the fields across which the enclosure lies. To the NW of the enclosure lies a series of dense, dark cropmarks resembling overlapping circles. These appear, on analogy with excavated examples elsewhere, to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the enclosure and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 230m NNW-SSE by 130m 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. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to sites of potentially contemporary date, and by its apparent multi-phase nature.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 53 NE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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