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Mayfield, Roman signal station and enclosure 650m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3662 / 56°21'58"N

Longitude: -3.5865 / 3°35'11"W

OS Eastings: 302092

OS Northings: 720450

OS Grid: NO020204

Mapcode National: GBR 1S.2XXY

Mapcode Global: WH5PB.W7BY

Entry Name: Mayfield, Roman signal station and enclosure 650m SE of

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1992

Last Amended: 26 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5400

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Roman: signal station

Location: Findo Gask

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a Roman signal station and an adjacent enclosure, possibly a fortlet, surviving as a series of earthworks. This is an extension and combination of two earlier schedulings which did not cover sufficient areas to protect all of the archaeological deposits.

The monument lies on the Gask Ridge at around 140m OD, partially in woodland and partially in pasture. The W part of the site contains the remains of a Roman signal station comprising a central platform, which would have held a timber tower, surrounded by a bank and ditch. To the E are the remains of a rectilinear enclosure, possibly a fortlet. The latter is partially underneath modern buildings but substantial parts of bank, ditch and interior survive.

It is most unusual for a Roman signal station to have such clear signs of associated structures.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the signal station and enclosure and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is sub-rectangular in shape with maximum dimensions of 150m ENE-WSW by 70m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively undamaged example of its kind which could enhance considerably our understanding of the design and use of Roman signal stations. Taken with the other elements of the frontier, it has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of this important episode in the Roman occupation of Britain.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NO02SW 6

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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