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Wester Denhead, square barrow 200m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5546 / 56°33'16"N

Longitude: -3.2555 / 3°15'19"W

OS Eastings: 322919

OS Northings: 741001

OS Grid: NO229410

Mapcode National: GBR VB.R3P2

Mapcode Global: WH6PN.YHXZ

Entry Name: Wester Denhead, square barrow 200m W of

Scheduled Date: 23 February 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7329

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Coupar Angus

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a square barrow of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a prominent ridge in arable farmland at around 60m OD. It comprises a double-ditched enclosure. The inner ditch defines a square area with sides of about 15m in length, with gaps, or causeways, at the corners. It appears to contain several pits, probably representing graves. The outer ditch has sides of about 28m in length with rounded corners.

The peculiar form of the inner enclosure suggests that the monument represents the remains of a square barrow. This type of burial mound is thought to be characteristic of the first half of the first millennium AD.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 60m, 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 funerary and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 SW 46.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1977) PT/5768 NO24SW46.

RCAHMS (1988) PT/5768/TR NO24SW46.

RCAHMS (1992) C1275 NO24SW46.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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