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Castlecary House, souterrain 150m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Denny and Banknock, Falkirk

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Latitude: 55.9828 / 55°58'57"N

Longitude: -3.937 / 3°56'13"W

OS Eastings: 279240

OS Northings: 678335

OS Grid: NS792783

Mapcode National: GBR 1C.W3GP

Mapcode Global: WH4PS.HWFF

Entry Name: Castlecary House, souterrain 150m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 17 September 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6444

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Falkirk

County: Falkirk

Electoral Ward: Denny and Banknock

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


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 65m OD. It comprises the remains of a curved souterrain some 25m long and about 4m wide, running NW-SE. The souterrain is located within 100m of the Antonine Wall and Castlecary Roman fort.

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 cropmarks and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 80m 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 later prehistoric economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its proximity to broadly contemporary Roman installations.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 77 NE 43.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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