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Grahamston Cottages, souterrains 150m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5483 / 56°32'53"N

Longitude: -2.6522 / 2°39'7"W

OS Eastings: 360001

OS Northings: 739779

OS Grid: NO600397

Mapcode National: GBR VT.GD08

Mapcode Global: WH8S7.7NBW

Entry Name: Grahamston Cottages, souterrains 150m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7072

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Arbirlot

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Arbroath West, Letham and Friockheim

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises two souterrains of later prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises two souterrains. The W souterrain is almost straight and measures some 15m NNE-SSW while, about 10m to the E, the second souterrain is sharply curved and measures about 12m long. There is a small dark cropmark within the arc of the second souterrain, apparently representing the remains of associated occupation.

Souterrains are semi-subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage. They are usually found associated with traces of above-ground settlement.

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 sub-circular with a maximum diameter of 60m, bounded on the NW by a road, which is itself excluded from scheduling, 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 increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



Historic Environment Scotland reference number CANMORE ID 71867 (accessed on 08/08/2019).

Wilson D R 2000. Air Photo Interpretation for Archaeologists. Tempus, Stroud.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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