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Balnamoon, souterrain 300m NNW of Meadowburn

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.7647 / 56°45'53"N

Longitude: -2.7279 / 2°43'40"W

OS Eastings: 355598

OS Northings: 763918

OS Grid: NO555639

Mapcode National: GBR WT.WTP9

Mapcode Global: WH7Q3.278F

Entry Name: Balnamoon, souterrain 300m NNW of Meadowburn

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6513

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Menmuir

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on locally high ground in arable farmland at around 85m OD. It comprises a gently curving souterrain some 15m long by about 2m wide, aligned WNW-ESE. It appears to have a side-cell protruding to the SSW. Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. They are generally thought to have been used for storage.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the souterrain and an area around it 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The area around the souterrain may be expected to contain evidence for contemporary settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NO 56 SE 64.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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