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Findal Cottages, pit-enclosure and pit-circle 250m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathearn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3502 / 56°21'0"N

Longitude: -3.8372 / 3°50'13"W

OS Eastings: 286557

OS Northings: 719055

OS Grid: NN865190

Mapcode National: GBR 1H.3V71

Mapcode Global: WH5P7.1N17

Entry Name: Findal Cottages, pit-enclosure and pit-circle 250m SW of

Scheduled Date: 3 July 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7725

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit circle; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual o

Location: Muthill

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a pit-defined enclosure and pit-circle of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD. It consists of a sub-rectangular pit-defined enclosure, measuring approximately 110m NNE-SSW by about 35m transversely. There are two further pit-alignments protruding from the NE and NW corners of the enclosure. The first, protruding from the NW corner, is about 20m long and runs NNE-SSW, continuing the line of the W side of the enclosure.

The second, protruding from the NE corner of the enclosure, is about 25m long and runs NE-SW. About 50m to the E of the enclosure there is a pit-circle with a diameter of about 10m. There are 8 oblong-shaped pits in the circle, all of which measure about 2m in width. The pit-defined enclosure and pit-circle probably relate to ritual activities during the Neolithic or Bronze Age.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them where material relating to their construction and use may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape, and measures a maximum of 130m E-W by 190m N-S, 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 an understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 81 NE 44 and 45.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP CHL 034 NN81NE44, 45, 54.

RCAHMS (1986) A 28788 NN81NE44, 45, 54.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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