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Middleton Fossoway, enclosure 400m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Kinross-shire, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.1984 / 56°11'54"N

Longitude: -3.5673 / 3°34'2"W

OS Eastings: 302849

OS Northings: 701745

OS Grid: NO028017

Mapcode National: GBR 1T.FGJW

Mapcode Global: WH5Q4.5GJM

Entry Name: Middleton Fossoway, enclosure 400m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 26 February 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7628

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Fossoway

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Kinross-shire

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as a cropmark on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in farmland at around 175m OD some 400m SSE of Middleton Fossoway. The enclosure is sub-circular in shape, with a diameter of about 45m, and is defined by a single enclosing ditch about 1m wide. On the WNW arc of the enclosure, there is a break in the ditch line and widened ditch terminals are visible, indicating the position of an entrance or gateway into the enclosure. Excavations elsewhere have shown that enclosures of this type normally contain the remains of timber roundhouses and other buildings. Enclosed settlements of this type are characteristic of the Iron Age (c.500 BC - AD 500).

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 circular with a diameter of 60m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NO 00 SW 17.

Aerial photographs:

RCAHMS (1976) KR262 NO00SW17.

RCAHMS (1976) KR263 NO00SW17.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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