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Middle Gourdie, palisaded enclosure & unenclosed settlement 800m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5567 / 56°33'24"N

Longitude: -3.4512 / 3°27'4"W

OS Eastings: 310898

OS Northings: 741470

OS Grid: NO108414

Mapcode National: GBR V6.FS76

Mapcode Global: WH5NF.YGRD

Entry Name: Middle Gourdie, palisaded enclosure & unenclosed settlement 800m SW of

Scheduled Date: 8 December 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7185

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument consists of a palisaded enclosure and an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland, on a gravel river terrace at about 45m OD. On the S of the site is a D-shaped palisaded enclosure, which backs onto the steep escarpment which forms the edge of the river terrace. It measures about 38m E-W by 21m internally, within a palisade trench about 1m wide.

Outside the enclosure, about 10m to the N, there is a curving cropmark, measuring about 11m in length, which appears to represent the remains of a souterrain. To the SE of this, there is a further crescentic cropmark about 10m across, which appears to represent the remains of a timber roundhouse, or perhaps a second souterrain. Souterrains are semi-subterranean structures generally thought to have been used for storage in later prehistory.

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 80m E-W by 70m 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 our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its close proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 14 SW 19.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP (1961) PT/1019/po NO14SW19, 30, 65.

CUCAP (1970) A35131/po NO14SW19, 30, 66.

RCAHMS (1989) A30134/TR NO14SW19, 30, 65, 72.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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