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Loanfoot, ring-ditch 370m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.39 / 56°23'23"N

Longitude: -3.2494 / 3°14'57"W

OS Eastings: 322963

OS Northings: 722667

OS Grid: NO229226

Mapcode National: GBR 26.17YH

Mapcode Global: WH6QG.1NY7

Entry Name: Loanfoot, ring-ditch 370m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 25 September 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7226

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: henge

Location: Errol

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a ring-ditch house, or possibly a small henge monument, of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 25m OD. It comprises a circular ditch, measuring about 18m in internal diameter. The perimeter ditch appears to consist of one broad ditch, about 5m wide, on the southern half, and of two concentric ditches, each about 2m wide and 1m apart, on the northern half. There appears to be an entrance on the ENE.

The cropmarks appear to represent the remains of a ring-ditch house; a type of timber roundhouse characteristic of the later prehistoric period. However, it remains a possibility that it may instead represent the remains of a much earlier henge monument, a type of enclosure of the Neolithic period.

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 circular with a diameter of 70m, 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



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 22 SW 36.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1978) PT/6085 NO22SW36.

RCAHMS (1978) PT/6087 NO22SW36.

RCAHMS (1982) PT/10737 NO22SW36.

RCAHMS (1988) PT/6087/TR NO22SW36.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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