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Unenclosed settlement and sunken floored building 515m south of West Scryne

A Scheduled Monument in Carnoustie and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5199 / 56°31'11"N

Longitude: -2.6909 / 2°41'27"W

OS Eastings: 357586

OS Northings: 736640

OS Grid: NO575366

Mapcode National: GBR VS.98YQ

Mapcode Global: WH7R8.MDT4

Entry Name: Unenclosed settlement and sunken floored building 515m S of West Scryne

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1997

Last Amended: 6 December 2021

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6611

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Panbride

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Carnoustie and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement dating to the Iron Age (800BC – 400AD) and a sunken floored building dating to the Early Medieval period (AD400-1000). Both are represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m above sea level. It comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement containing at least 3 roundhouses measuring between 10m and 20m wide and four souterrains measuring between 16m and 25m in length and other associated structures. Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. To the east is the remains of a sunken floored building measuring 16m long by 3.5m wide, likely dating to the Early Medieval Period.

The scheduled area is circular measuring 165m in diameter. It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The above ground elements of the modern field boundary are specifically excluded.

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 importance of the site is enhanced by its proximity to other sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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