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Plean Cottages,palisaded enclosure 350m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Bannockburn, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.0693 / 56°4'9"N

Longitude: -3.8799 / 3°52'47"W

OS Eastings: 283067

OS Northings: 687871

OS Grid: NS830878

Mapcode National: GBR 1F.PQB1

Mapcode Global: WH4PF.CQN1

Entry Name: Plean Cottages,palisaded enclosure 350m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 7 October 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6480

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: St Ninians

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Bannockburn

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises two overlapping palisade lines that reflect two phases of enclosure of a small later prehistoric settlement. Both enclosures are oval. One is approximately 60m WSW-ENE by about 40m, while the other, off-set slightly to the SW, measures some 50m WSW-ENE by about 40m. The A9 trunk road NW of Plean cuts through the remains of the enclosures.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmark features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 130m NW-SE by 90m, and excludes the modern road, 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 settlement. The importance of the site is greatly enhanced by the proximity of other known sites of similar date, and by clear evidence for multi-period construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 88 NW 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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