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Jordanstone, unenclosed settlement south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.6109 / 56°36'39"N

Longitude: -3.1904 / 3°11'25"W

OS Eastings: 327033

OS Northings: 747194

OS Grid: NO270471

Mapcode National: GBR VD.GDV0

Mapcode Global: WH6PH.Y3YB

Entry Name: Jordanstone, unenclosed settlement SW of

Scheduled Date: 5 October 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7261

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Alyth

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in farmland at around 75m OD. It comprises two clusters of cropmarks, each representing the remains of prehistoric settlement. To the W is a ring-ditch, measuring about 16m in internal diameter, and, to its N, a souterrain measuring about 28m in length. Some 100m to the NE is a group of curving cropmarks, some of which may represent the partial arcs of ring-ditches, and others the remains of souterrains.

The clearest is a souterrain measuring about 24m in length, which lies towards the N of the group. Between the groups described, towards the edge of the field, is a large U-shaped cropmark, measuring about 20m across.

Ring-ditches have been found on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date, while souterrains are semi-subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage in later prehistory.

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 irregular parts. The NE part measures 130m ENE-WSW by 90m, while the SE part measures 60m ENE-WSW by 75m, both 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 settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 NE 53.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1982) PT/1106 NO24NE53.

RCAHMS (1988) PT/11107/TR NO24NE53.

RCAHMS (1989) B24247 NO24NE53.

RCAHMS (1989) B24252 NO24NE53.

RCAHMS (1991) B24247/TR NO24NE53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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