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Over Durdie, fort 550m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4101 / 56°24'36"N

Longitude: -3.2822 / 3°16'56"W

OS Eastings: 320976

OS Northings: 724947

OS Grid: NO209249

Mapcode National: GBR 25.00L3

Mapcode Global: WH6QF.K47R

Entry Name: Over Durdie, fort 550m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 30 November 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7225

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Kilspindie

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a fort or defended settlement of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs and as faint traces on the ground.

The monument lies partially in arable farmland and partially in improved pasture, and is situated on the top of a prominent hill at around 130m OD. The fort is defended by four concentric lines of ditches, visible as cropmarks on the NW. The ditches measure up to 3m wide and are spaced at intervals of about 3-4m.

To the SE, faint traces of the ramparts and ditches are visible as intermittent surface features in pasture. The fort measures about 155m by 130m overall. Forts of this type are characteristic of the second half of the first millennium BC.

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, with maximum dimensions of 205m NW to SE, and 160m SW to NE, 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 defended settlement and economy. It is of particular interest because of the presence of undefended settlements also of later prehistoric date in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 22 SW 33.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A63753 NO22SW33.

RCAHMS (1984) A64756 NO22SW33.

RCAHMS (1988) A35221/TR NO22SW33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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