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David's Hill, enclosure

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

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Latitude: 56.5853 / 56°35'7"N

Longitude: -2.6018 / 2°36'6"W

OS Eastings: 363135

OS Northings: 743873

OS Grid: NO631438

Mapcode National: GBR VV.05PK

Mapcode Global: WH8S2.0QBZ

Entry Name: David's Hill, enclosure

Scheduled Date: 11 April 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6649

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Arbroath and St Vigeans

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


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

The monument lies on a prominent hillock in a modern plantation at around 30m OD. It comprises the remains of a sub-circular enclosure with a diameter of some 25m, within a ditch 4-5m wide. There appears to have been a wide entrance on its SE side, while its NW side may have been defined by the steep slopes down to the Brothock Water. The site would have been a dominant feature within the local landscape.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmark remains 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 64 SW 53.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1982) AN/5481 NO64SW53.

RCAHMS (1982) AN/5482 NO64SW53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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