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Boghead,souterrain & settlement 400m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5783 / 57°34'41"N

Longitude: -2.5027 / 2°30'9"W

OS Eastings: 370036

OS Northings: 854357

OS Grid: NJ700543

Mapcode National: GBR N85P.Q5L

Mapcode Global: WH8M8.JSG9

Entry Name: Boghead,souterrain & settlement 400m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5780

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Alvah

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises a souterrain, or earth-house, probably of the late prehistoric period which appears in an arable field as a mark in a cereal crop. There are other marks visible near the souterrain which may indicate further broadly contemporary remains and experience shows that further remains will survive around the visible marks in areas not susceptible to cropmarks.

The souterrain is visible as a broad curved band which encloses an area of small dots which may indicate the post holes of a circular building. There is a straight dark mark on the northern edge of this feature which may mark its entrance. The diameter of the circular building is approximately 12m.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 110m NNW-SSE and 100m ENE-WSW to include the souterrain, the other cropmarks described above and an area around and between them in which further remains associated with their construction and use may survive. This is marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a souterrain and settlement dating from the late prehistoric period, between 1500 and 2500 years ago. Even though the area is under plough experience shows that important archaeological deposits and structures will survive below plough level. The souterrain, with the other remains, has the potential to substantially increase our knowledge of prehistoric settlement in Scotland, especially as there are other broadly contemporary settlement remains along the Deveron valley with which the monument can be compared.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ75SW 26.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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