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Prehistoric settlement, 575m SSW of Clashbenny

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3702 / 56°22'12"N

Longitude: -3.27 / 3°16'11"W

OS Eastings: 321651

OS Northings: 720485

OS Grid: NO216204

Mapcode National: GBR 25.2PB3

Mapcode Global: WH6QM.R42W

Entry Name: Prehistoric settlement, 575m SSW of Clashbenny

Scheduled Date: 25 September 1998

Last Amended: 7 December 2021

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7228

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Errol

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a settlement of prehistoric date, visible by cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs. The monument lies in arable farmland, at a height of around 15m above sea level.

The scheduled area contains cropmarks of a settlement that probably dates to the end of the Bronze Age (2500BC-800BC) or Iron Age (800BC-500AD). The settlement has a large number of features including roundhouses, souterrains and pits. The settlement remains are in two adjacent groups. The western remains include around five or six overlapping sub-circular features that probably represent the remains of roundhouses. These measure between 10-20m in external diameter within ditches about 1m wide. There are possible internal features or further settlement related remains in and around these roundhouses. The overlapping nature of the cropmarked remains could indicate multiple phases of construction and occupation.

The eastern remains include a subcircular feature, probably a roundhouse, measuring up to 20m in external diameter within a ditch around 1m wide. Within this roundhouse are further features that are likely to be pits and a small souterrain around 6m long. Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age and are generally thought to have been used for storage. Immediately northeast of this roundhouse is a curvilinear feature representing a souterrain, measuring around 2m in length. Another souterrain lies immediately southeast of the roundhouse and measures around 12m in length.

The scheduled area includes the settlement and extends up to 15 metres from the outer edges of the cropmarks (based on transcription data). It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown 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 our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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