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Damside Cottages,souterrain 250m east of

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

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Latitude: 56.6365 / 56°38'11"N

Longitude: -2.6877 / 2°41'15"W

OS Eastings: 357916

OS Northings: 749622

OS Grid: NO579496

Mapcode National: GBR VS.1XC5

Mapcode Global: WH7QP.PGC6

Entry Name: Damside Cottages,souterrain 250m E of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6089

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kirkden

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain, a semi-

subterranean storage place of prehistoric date, represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a slight but well-defined rise in gently undulating arable farmland at around 50m OD. The souterrain is defined by a semi-circular cropmark some 2m wide, with a diameter of approximately 20m.

Souterrains are generally believed to represent grain storage buildings of semi-subterranean construction, normally found as part of more extensive settlement units. It may be expected that associated structures, lacking the type of constructional features which produce cropmarks, will survive close to the souterrain.

The surrounding area is rich in the remains of prehistoric settlements of the same general period. The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 70m 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economic activity. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this part of the Lunan Valley.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 54 NE 16.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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