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Kirktonbarns, unenclosed settlement 650m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4333 / 56°25'59"N

Longitude: -2.8968 / 2°53'48"W

OS Eastings: 344791

OS Northings: 727149

OS Grid: NO447271

Mapcode National: GBR VM.KP2C

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.GKSJ

Entry Name: Kirktonbarns, unenclosed settlement 650m N of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7086

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement spread over several fields. The scatter of cropmarks consists mainly of disc-shaped marks, with some crescent-shaped and amorphous marks, ranging from about 5m to 15m in diameter.

There are a number of other cropmarks including pits and at least one ring-ditch. The S field contains a pit alignment some 22m long running N-S. The discs, crescents and ring-ditch represent the remains of timber roundhouses, while the other cropmarks may represent the remains of associated structures.

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 very irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 350m NNE-SSW by 370m NW-SE, bounded on the N, NW, NNE and S by field boundaries, 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 sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 42 NW 25.

Aerial Photography used:

RCAHMS (1982) F/9249 NO42NW25.

RCAHMS (1984) A13990 NO42NW25.

RCAHMS (1976) F/5437 NO42NW25.

RCAHMS (1983) F/12912 NO42NW25.

RCAHMS (1982) F/9304 NO42NW25.

RCAHMS (1982) F/9252 NO42NW25.

RCAHMS (1984) A13991 NO42NW25.

RCAHMS (1989) F/9249/TR NO42NW25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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