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Leys of Boysack,palisaded enclosure 400m east of

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

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Latitude: 56.6178 / 56°37'4"N

Longitude: -2.6238 / 2°37'25"W

OS Eastings: 361816

OS Northings: 747498

OS Grid: NO618474

Mapcode National: GBR VT.Y0M7

Mapcode Global: WH8RV.NXSM

Entry Name: Leys of Boysack,palisaded enclosure 400m E of

Scheduled Date: 16 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5989

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Inverkeilor

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a palisaded enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The site lies on a slightly raised area in undulating arable farmland at around 35m OD. The surrounding area is rich in the remains of settlement and economic activity of the later prehistoric period.

The enclosure is defined by an annular palisade some 30m in diameter. The background geology of the field appears to be very variable, preventing the recognition of any associated features, although these may occur. The monument is overlain by extensive strip field systems associated with later agricultural practices.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible prehistoric features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 100m 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 organisation and economic activity. The importance of the monument 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 64 NW 66.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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