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Parkhead, ring-ditch, souterrain and enclosure 200m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathallan, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3395 / 56°20'22"N

Longitude: -3.7803 / 3°46'48"W

OS Eastings: 290046

OS Northings: 717770

OS Grid: NN900177

Mapcode National: GBR 1K.4GQW

Mapcode Global: WH5P7.XX1G

Entry Name: Parkhead, ring-ditch, souterrain and enclosure 200m NE of

Scheduled Date: 3 July 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7732

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Muthill

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathallan

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a ring-ditch house, souterrain and enclosure of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It consists of a ring-ditch with a diameter of about 15m. The ditch itself is about 2m wide. Emerging from the NW of the ring-ditch is a single, gently-curving souterrain measuring about 15m in length by some 4m wide.

Ring-ditches such as this represent the remains of large timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date. Souterrains are semi-subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used as cool storage for perishable goods, and are often found in association with ring-ditch houses.

Some 50m to the SE of the ring-ditch and souterrain is a rectilinear enclosure measuring approximately 30m by 35m, defined by a ditch measuring about 2m wide.

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 irregular, measuring a maximum of 100m E-W by 100m 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 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 NN 91 NW 39.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1977) PT/5606 NN91NW39.

RCAHMS (1977) PT/5608 NN91NW39.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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