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Murroes Manse, souterrains 150m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5054 / 56°30'19"N

Longitude: -2.8793 / 2°52'45"W

OS Eastings: 345976

OS Northings: 735159

OS Grid: NO459351

Mapcode National: GBR VN.1164

Mapcode Global: WH7R5.RR38

Entry Name: Murroes Manse, souterrains 150m W of

Scheduled Date: 30 May 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6753

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Murroes

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Angus


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

The monument lies on locally prominent ground in arable farmland at around 80m OD. It comprises a series of narrow curving souterrains represented by sinuous, linear cropmarks. Scattered amongst them are a number of fainter cropmarks possibly representing the remains of accomanying above-ground buildings.

Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. They are generally thought to have been used for storage.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the souterrains 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 N-S by 110m 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 and economy. The importance of this particular group is enhanced by its apparent complexity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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