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Damside Cottages,settlement 400m east of

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

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Latitude: 56.6362 / 56°38'10"N

Longitude: -2.6848 / 2°41'5"W

OS Eastings: 358089

OS Northings: 749588

OS Grid: NO580495

Mapcode National: GBR VS.1Y4T

Mapcode Global: WH7QP.QGPF

Entry Name: Damside Cottages,settlement 400m E of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6090

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Kirkden

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in undulating arable land at around 50m OD, 400m S of the Lunan Water, in an area rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement and economic activity. The monument is formed by four overlapping dark circular cropmarks which appear to represent the remains of prehistoric roundhouses with surviving internal occupation debris.

The largest of the circular features has a diameter of approximately 15m and the group has overall dimensions of

approximately 50m E-W by 15m. A short linear cropmark fringes the features to the N.

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 house construction and the spatial organisation of domestic and economic activities. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of settlement in this part of the Lunan Valley.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 54 NE 41.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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