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East Mains of Pitmuies,ring ditch 250m WNW of

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

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Latitude: 56.6381 / 56°38'17"N

Longitude: -2.7022 / 2°42'8"W

OS Eastings: 357025

OS Northings: 749806

OS Grid: NO570498

Mapcode National: GBR VS.1SF6

Mapcode Global: WH7QP.GFG0

Entry Name: East Mains of Pitmuies,ring ditch 250m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6088

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Kirkden

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a ring ditch house of

prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a slight rise in otherwise level arable farmland at around 50m OD. The ring ditch is defined by an annular cropmark 2-3m wide and 10-12m in diameter. There are indications of a concentric inner ring some 5m in diameter and approximately 1m wide. A diffuse crescentic cropmark overlaps the S part of the ring ditch and may represent the remains of a separate structure some 15-18m in diameter.

The ring ditch appears to represent the remains of a timber roundhouse characteristic of the later prehistoric period although the inner ring is an unusual feature suggesting either multi-period construction or some degree of structural complexity. The surrounding area is rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement and economic activity.

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 75m 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 house construction and organisation. The importance of the monument is enhanced both by its indications of internal complexity and by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement activity in this part of the Lunan Valley.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 54 NE 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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