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The Welton, palisaded enclosure 600m west of and pit circle 700m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5819 / 56°34'54"N

Longitude: -3.3208 / 3°19'15"W

OS Eastings: 318962

OS Northings: 744111

OS Grid: NO189441

Mapcode National: GBR V9.G6H2

Mapcode Global: WH6PF.YTTM

Entry Name: The Welton, palisaded enclosure 600m W of and pit circle 700m W of

Scheduled Date: 20 January 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7175

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Blairgowrie

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a palisaded enclosure and a pit-circle of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland on the edge of a gravel terrace, at around 55m OD. It comprises two elements. The first is a near-circular palisaded enclosure measuring about 42m in overall diameter. Within this enclosure is a crescentic cropmark, and the palisade line itself intersects with a further two crescents, each measuring about 10m across.

These crescentic cropmarks appear to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses, some either later than or earlier than the enclosure. Close by, to the WSW, is the second element, a circle of pits, again visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs, measuring about 12m in overall diameter. These pits appear to represent the post-holes of a former timber roundhouse.

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 divided into two areas of unequal size.

The area to the ENE is a truncated circle with a maximum diameter of 95m, bounded to the N and NE by the edge of the arable field. The area to the WSW is circular with a diameter of 55m. Both are 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 close proximity to monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SE 70, 71, 76.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1989) B24218 NO14SE70, 71, 76.

RCAHMS (1989) B24218/TR NO14SE70-73, 75, 76.

RCAHMS (1990) B44153 NO14SE70, 71, 76.

RCAHMS (1992) B79661 NO14SE70, 71, 73-76.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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