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Mains of Gourdie, ring-ditch 120m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5608 / 56°33'38"N

Longitude: -3.4331 / 3°25'59"W

OS Eastings: 312016

OS Northings: 741897

OS Grid: NO120418

Mapcode National: GBR V6.FQCD

Mapcode Global: WH6PL.7CF8

Entry Name: Mains of Gourdie, ring-ditch 120m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6895

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a ring-ditch of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD. It comprises a circular, ditched enclosure, measuring about 14m in internal diameter, within a ditch about 5m broad. It has an entrance on the NNW. Although probably representing the remains of a large timber roundhouse of later prehistoric date, the relatively large width of the ditch relative to the interior suggests that the monument might represent the remains of a much earlier henge, a type of ceremonial monument dating to the later Neolithic.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 55m, 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, or, if it is interpreted as a henge, prehistoric ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SW 18.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP (1953) PT/13917 NO14SW18.

CUCAP (1953) PT/13918 NO14SW18.

RCAHMS (1989) PT/10964/TR NO14SW18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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