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Wester Denhead, unenclosed settlement 120m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5552 / 56°33'18"N

Longitude: -3.25 / 3°15'0"W

OS Eastings: 323257

OS Northings: 741056

OS Grid: NO232410

Mapcode National: GBR VB.R4XK

Mapcode Global: WH6PP.1HMK

Entry Name: Wester Denhead, unenclosed settlement 120m E of

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7328

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Coupar Angus

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 65m OD. It comprises a large ring-ditch, measuring about 20m in internal diameter, and a series of related features. The most prominent of the latter is a well-defined crescent-shaped cropmark, measuring about 12m across, which appears to represent the remains of a souterrain, a semi-subterranean storage structure found in association with Iron Age settlements.

Ring-ditches represent the remains of timber roundhouses characteristic of the later prehistoric period, and the monument as a whole appears to represent a small farming settlement of that date.

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 an irregular quadrilateral in shape, measuring 150m between its N and S-most points, and 150m between its E and W-most points, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. Above-ground elements of the fence lines bounding the monument on its NE and NW 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. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 SW 47.

Aerial Photographs used:

Historic Scotland (1977) B83433/po NO24SW47.

RCAHMS (1978) PT/5985 NO24SW47.

RCAHMS (1988) PT/5985/TR NO24SW47.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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