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Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement 600m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Tay Bridgehead, Fife

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Latitude: 56.4237 / 56°25'25"N

Longitude: -2.8853 / 2°53'7"W

OS Eastings: 345486

OS Northings: 726070

OS Grid: NO454260

Mapcode National: GBR VM.LCR5

Mapcode Global: WH7RK.NS7X

Entry Name: Lawhouses, unenclosed settlement 600m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 28 April 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7319

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Forgan

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Tay Bridgehead

Traditional County: Fife


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 15m OD. There are at least three disc-shaped cropmarks, measuring between 6m-12m in diameter. These represent the remains of timber roundhouses. Near the N edge of the field there is a sub-rectangular ditched enclosure with rounded corners, measuring about 12m ENE-WSW.

Its N side is not visible. It probably represents the foundation trench for the walls of a rectangular timber building. Other amorphous cropmarks in the vicinity may be expected to represent the remains of associated structures.

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 irregular with maximum dimensions of 180m E-W by 90m transversely, bounded on the N by the S edge of a track and on the S by the N side of a burn, 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 settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monuments as NO 42 NE 56.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1988) A56952 NO42NE47, 56.

RCAHMS (1988) A56956 NO42NE47, 56.

RCAHMS (1990) A56954/TR NO42NE47, 56.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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