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Meikle Coull, souterrain 100m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7196 / 56°43'10"N

Longitude: -2.8878 / 2°53'16"W

OS Eastings: 345759

OS Northings: 759013

OS Grid: NO457590

Mapcode National: GBR WM.ZNDY

Mapcode Global: WH7Q6.MC1H

Entry Name: Meikle Coull, souterrain 100m SW of

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6332

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Tannadice

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a souterrain of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 110m OD. It comprises the remains of a souterrain some 20m long and about 4m wide aligned approximately NW-SE, with a short projection to the NE from half-way along its length.

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 presence of a souterrain suggests the presence of associated slighter remains in the immediate vicinity.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains described and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 60m 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 economy and settlement. Its importance is enhanced by its association with other features of similar date in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 45 NE 49.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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