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Hill of Tarvit,homestead & terraces 550m SSW of Hilltarvit Mains

A Scheduled Monument in Cupar, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2972 / 56°17'49"N

Longitude: -3.0105 / 3°0'37"W

OS Eastings: 337557

OS Northings: 712095

OS Grid: NO375120

Mapcode National: GBR 2H.77LV

Mapcode Global: WH7S2.QZMD

Entry Name: Hill of Tarvit,homestead & terraces 550m SSW of Hilltarvit Mains

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4749

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Cupar

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Cupar

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric homestead and adjacent features. A bank c 2m across and 0.3m high encloses an area measuring 24m by 30m in which are the remains of a single circular house and what may be the remains of further structures. To the N and E of the hilltop are numerous terraces which seem likely to have been used for settlement activity associated with the homestead.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 250m WSW to ENE by a maximum of 170m transversely. The area is bounded on the W and partly on the E by modern field boundaries, which are specifically excluded from the scheduling. The above ground structure of the recent memorial feature, its associated display plates and the OS pillar on the summit of the hill are also excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved prehistoric homestead, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of early settlement in Fife. It is of particular importance because of the proximity of the similar monument in Scotstarvit Covert, which, although now destroyed, was excavated in the 1940's; further, it is of particular interest because of the survival of likely activity areas on the terraces around the homestead enclosure.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 31 SE 24.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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