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Ravensby House, ring ditch and souterrains 150m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Carnoustie and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5051 / 56°30'18"N

Longitude: -2.7511 / 2°45'3"W

OS Eastings: 353867

OS Northings: 735033

OS Grid: NO538350

Mapcode National: GBR VR.310R

Mapcode Global: WH7R7.QR5H

Entry Name: Ravensby House, ring ditch and souterrains 150m E of

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6567

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Barry

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Carnoustie and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a ring ditch house and several souterrains of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises the remains of a well-defined ring ditch some 15m in diameter. Ring ditches such as this have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses. To the ESE and ENE of the ring ditch lie the remains of several souterrains represented by elongated oval or bottle-shaped cropmarks.

These represent the remains of semi-underground storage buildings associated with above-ground Iron Age settlements. Other cropmarks in the area represent the remains of field systems and trackways, probably of rather later date.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the ring ditch and souterrains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 150m ENE-WSW by 130m 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 prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its proximity to other sites of similar date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 53 SW 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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