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Loanleven, enclosure 300m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.41 / 56°24'35"N

Longitude: -3.5274 / 3°31'38"W

OS Eastings: 305847

OS Northings: 725238

OS Grid: NO058252

Mapcode National: GBR 1V.05HY

Mapcode Global: WH5P5.S4GW

Entry Name: Loanleven, enclosure 300m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 28 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8755

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: enclosure (ritual or funerary)

Location: Methven

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument is an enclosure showing as cropmark on the summit of a low ridge, at c. 40m OD.

The enclosure is roughly circular, defined by a broad, irregular ditch, in which at least four gaps are visible. The eastern half of the enclosure is clearly visible in an arable field to the east of the access road to Loanleven. The western part lies in pasture and woodland, the western portion of the boundary probably being reflected in a more recent curved boundary in the woodland.

The enclosure is c. 200m across. The situation of the monument, its appearance, and the irregular character of its ditch strongly suggest that it is prehistoric in date, perhaps related to the Neolithic causewayed camp tradition of midland and southern England.

The area proposed for scheduling is in two parts, separated by the access road to Loanleven, which is specifically excluded from the scheduling. The western area measures 250m from its northernmost to its southernmost points, by a maximum of 100m E-W, and the eastern area measures a maximum of 250m N-S by 150m E-W.

Both areas include the visible remains of the enclosure, its presumed interior, and an area around in which features associated with its use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a large enclosure, probably of prehistoric date and ceremonial or ritual function. It is of particular importance because it is one of a small number of large enclosures in Perthshire which may be of Neolithic date, related perhaps to the causewayed camp tradition. It has the potential to enhance considerably our knowledge and understanding of the variety of prehistoric enclosures in central Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 02 NB 32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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