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Burnbank, barrows, enclosures & unenclosed settlement south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5604 / 56°33'37"N

Longitude: -3.3511 / 3°21'4"W

OS Eastings: 317054

OS Northings: 741752

OS Grid: NO170417

Mapcode National: GBR V8.8RFQ

Mapcode Global: WH6PM.HCFL

Entry Name: Burnbank, barrows, enclosures & unenclosed settlement SW of

Scheduled Date: 5 October 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7189

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive); Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Blairgowrie

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a group of square barrows, enclosures, and house remains of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland, on the E bank of the Lunan Burn, at around 50m OD. At the centre of the site are three conjoined square barrows, each with a well-defined central burial pit and causewayed corners. They each measure about 6m-8m across, within ditches about 1.5m wide. Square barrows are characteristic burial monuments of the later Iron Age or Pictish period.

At least two disc-shaped cropmarks, lying to the SE of the barrows and measuring about 8m-10m in diameter, represent the remains of former timber roundhouses. To the SW and NW of the barrows are two sub-circular, ditched enclosures, each about 12m-15m in maximum diameter. Numerous other cropmarks within the field, including several pits and linear features, appear to represent associated structures. The whole complex represents a prehistoric settlement and funerary complex.

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 irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 170m NW-SE by 70m NNE-SSW, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. Above-ground elements of modern field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices, and to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SE 93.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1992) B79635 NO14SE93.

RCAHMS (1992) B79636 NO14SE93.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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