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Ironshill,palisaded enclosure 600m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Arbroath East and Lunan, Angus

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Latitude: 56.6365 / 56°38'11"N

Longitude: -2.5314 / 2°31'52"W

OS Eastings: 367504

OS Northings: 749531

OS Grid: NO675495

Mapcode National: GBR VW.QXS3

Mapcode Global: WH8RX.2GV7

Entry Name: Ironshill,palisaded enclosure 600m S of

Scheduled Date: 9 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5979

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Inverkeilor

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath East and Lunan

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 locally high area in rolling arable farmland at around 25m OD, some 700m SE of the Lunan Water. The surrounding area is extremely rich in the remains of settlement and economic activity of the prehistoric period.

The enclosure is sub-circular with a maximum diameter of

approximately 55m. There are numerous less well-defined cropmarks in and around the enclosure which may represent the remains of associated structures.

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 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 and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in this part of the Lunan Valley.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 64 NE 15.


RCAHMS 1978, The archaeological sites and monuments of Lunan Valley, Montrose Basin, Angus District, Tayside Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 4 Edinburgh, No. 183.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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