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Castlehill, unenclosed settlement 100m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.461 / 56°27'39"N

Longitude: -3.1722 / 3°10'19"W

OS Eastings: 327863

OS Northings: 730489

OS Grid: NO278304

Mapcode National: GBR VD.RYWP

Mapcode Global: WH6Q3.7VPS

Entry Name: Castlehill, unenclosed settlement 100m E of

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7252

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Inchture

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD and comprises a large number of features characteristic of later prehistoric settlement remains. In the W of the field are two curving souterrains, each measuring about 20m across, which appear to be conjoined. Souterrains are semi-subterranean passage-like structures used for storage of agricultural produce in later prehistory.

A further group of similar souterrains lies on the E part of the site. Also present across the site are numerous disc-shaped cropmarks, most measuring about 12m in diameter: these are characteristic of the remains of prehistoric timber roundhouses.

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 in shape with maximum dimensions of 300m between its N-most and S-most points, and 380m between its E and W-most points, 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 monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 23 SE 30.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A64766 NO23SE30, 31.

RCAHMS (1989) B24006 NO23SE30.

RCAHMS (1989) A64757/TR NO23SE30.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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