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Pitmuies Mill Farm,ring ditch 250m north west of

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

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Latitude: 56.6395 / 56°38'22"N

Longitude: -2.6772 / 2°40'37"W

OS Eastings: 358564

OS Northings: 749941

OS Grid: NO585499

Mapcode National: GBR VS.NL6D

Mapcode Global: WH7QP.VCBZ

Entry Name: Pitmuies Mill Farm,ring ditch 250m NW of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6091

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Guthrie

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a ring ditch house of

prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs. The monument lies on slightly sloping ground close to the N bank of a canalised section of the Lunan Water at around 40m OD. The ring ditch is defined by a dense, dark circular cropmark some 15-18m in diameter.

The nature of the cropmark suggests that internal deposits associated with the occupation of the former timber roundhouse are preserved across the entire interior.

Cropmarks to the N and W of the main feature appear to represent a series of pits. The surrounding area is rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement and economic activity.

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 50m 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 domestic organisation. The importance of the monument is greatly enhanced by its association with wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this part of the Lunan Valley.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 54 NE 52.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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