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Pusk Farm Cottages, ring-ditch & enclosures 250m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.3776 / 56°22'39"N

Longitude: -2.9041 / 2°54'14"W

OS Eastings: 344260

OS Northings: 720961

OS Grid: NO442209

Mapcode National: GBR 2M.21J5

Mapcode Global: WH7RR.CYBP

Entry Name: Pusk Farm Cottages, ring-ditch & enclosures 250m NE of

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6740

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Leuchars

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a ring-ditch house and enclosed settlements of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 20m OD. It comprises a ring-ditch some 10m in diameter. Cropmarks within its interior may indicate surviving internal deposits. To the SE are a number of enclosures, including one of about 15m in diameter and one approximately 20m in diameter.

Ring-ditches such as this have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses of the later prehistoric period.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is divided into two areas of unequal size. The area to the NW is circular with a diameter of 30m as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The area to the SE is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 170m NE-SW by 110m NNW-SSE 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 enhanced by its proximity to sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 SW 25.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1978) F/6837/cs NO24SW25.

RCAHMS (1978) F/6838/cs NO24SW25.

RCAHMS (1990) F/6549A/TR NO24SW25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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