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Mains of Kelly, enclosure 100m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim, Angus

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Latitude: 56.542 / 56°32'31"N

Longitude: -2.6584 / 2°39'30"W

OS Eastings: 359612

OS Northings: 739079

OS Grid: NO596390

Mapcode National: GBR VS.VY9B

Mapcode Global: WH8S7.4TCQ

Entry Name: Mains of Kelly, enclosure 100m SW of

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6621

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Arbirlot

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a sub-rectangular enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The monument lies in arable farmland at between 30-35m OD. It comprises the remains of a sub-rectangular enclosure which measures roughly 60m by 60m.

Sub-rectangular enclosures of this kind are commonly thought to relate to the period of Roman influence in lowland Scotland although some may in fact be medieval in date. There are various cropmarks inside the enclosure including a large, dark, central mark which appears to be the remains of a structure. A further, smaller circular enclosure measuring about 17m in diameter occupies the S corner of the larger enclosure.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmark remains described above and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is an irregular quadrilateral in shape with maximum dimensions of 110m ENE-WSW 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. It is particularly important because of the variety and apparent time-depth of the remains.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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