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Drumtenant, enclosures & unenclosed settlement 250m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Howe of Fife and Tay Coast, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2719 / 56°16'18"N

Longitude: -3.1362 / 3°8'10"W

OS Eastings: 329732

OS Northings: 709408

OS Grid: NO297094

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.8WXN

Mapcode Global: WH6R2.SMR7

Entry Name: Drumtenant, enclosures & unenclosed settlement 250m N of

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7192

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Collessie

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Howe of Fife and Tay Coast

Traditional County: Fife


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

The monument lies in arable farmland. It consists of a variety of archaeological features. There are a number of rectilinear ditched enclosures, measuring between 20m and 50m across. On the E side of the field there are a number of disc-shaped cropmarks, measuring up to about 12m in diameter; these probably represent the remains of timber roundhouses.

One of these is situated in the interior of a rectilinear enclosure, and another has a curving cropmark extending from it, measuring about 15m in length, which probably represents the remains of a souterrain. Souterrains are subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage in later prehistory. In the SW corner of the field, there is another rectilinear enclosure, of which only two sides are visible, measuring about 45m by 20m.

Close to this there are a number of disc-shaped cropmarks, representing timber roundhouses, and several pits. There are a number of other cropmarks within the same field, including pits, lengths of ditch, and other amorphous cropmarks, which may be expected to represent 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. The area is irregular with maximum dimensions of 260m NNW-SSE by 220m transversely, 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 sites of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 20 NE 27.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP (1977) B86981/po NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1981) F/8265 NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1981) F/8753 NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1981) F/8765 NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1991) F/6926B/TR NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1991) F/8625/TR NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1991) F/8753/TR NO20NE27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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