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Cargill, Roman fortlet and ring-ditches 400m north east of Mains of Cargill

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5235 / 56°31'24"N

Longitude: -3.3617 / 3°21'42"W

OS Eastings: 316324

OS Northings: 737658

OS Grid: NO163376

Mapcode National: GBR V8.BWHC

Mapcode Global: WH6PT.B9FC

Entry Name: Cargill, Roman fortlet and ring-ditches 400m NE of Mains of Cargill

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1969

Last Amended: 5 October 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2833

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Roman: fortlet

Location: Cargill

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a fortlet of Roman date and an adjacent group of prehistoric ring-ditch houses, all visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs. It is being rescheduled to encompass all of the significant visible cropmarks.

The monument is situated in arable farmland on a low ridge at about 45m OD, close to the E bank of the Tay and close to the SW of the much larger Roman fort at Cargill. The fortlet is rectangular, measuring about 85m NE-SW by 55m, within a double ditch. It has opposed entrances on the NW and SE. It is of characteristic Roman form and, on the basis of parallels elsewhere in Scotland, is most likely of Flavian date.

Immediately to the S and SW of the fortlet are the remains of at least three ring-ditches up to around 25m in internal diameter. Ring-ditches such as these have been found on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape, with maximum dimensions of 210m between its N and S-most points and 190m between its E and W-most points, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of the Roman military presence in Scotland, and to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. It is of particular importance because of the juxtaposition of Roman and native remains.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NO 13 NE 26 and 71.

Aerial photographs consulted:

1. CUCAP (19) A35170/po NO13NE26,71.

2. CUCAP (19) A35171/po NO13NE26,71

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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