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South Auchray, fort 300m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.502 / 56°30'7"N

Longitude: -3.0338 / 3°2'1"W

OS Eastings: 336462

OS Northings: 734920

OS Grid: NO364349

Mapcode National: GBR VJ.C78F

Mapcode Global: WH7R3.CTLT

Entry Name: South Auchray, fort 300m NE of

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6561

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Mains and Strathmartine

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Angus

Description

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

The monument lies mostly in arable farmland at around 160m OD. It comprises the remains of a roughly oval fort measuring about 250m E-W by approximately 160m overall. Its defences consist of 4 lines of ditch, up to around 4m wide with a possible outer palisade. Dark cropmarks within the ditched area may represent the remains of former internal buildings.

The NW section of the fort, lying in a young plantation, has been formerly graded and archaeological remains here are likely to have been destroyed. This area is therefore not included in the scheduling.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmarks and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular on plan with maximum dimensions of 300m E-W by 230m 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 defensive settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NO 33 SE 55.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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