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Kilspindie, unenclosed settlement north of Mill House

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4181 / 56°25'5"N

Longitude: -3.2643 / 3°15'51"W

OS Eastings: 322100

OS Northings: 725817

OS Grid: NO221258

Mapcode National: GBR VC.0FNQ

Mapcode Global: WH6Q7.TYR5

Entry Name: Kilspindie, unenclosed settlement N of Mill House

Scheduled Date: 20 January 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7197

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Kilspindie

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Carse of Gowrie

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument occupies a ridge in arable farmland at around 100m OD. It comprises a dense cluster of cropmarks, including numerous overlapping disc-shaped and crescentic features measuring up to 18m across. These appear to represent the remains of timber roundhouses.

There are also two distinct curving cropmarks, each measuring about 25m in length, which represent the remains of souterrains; semi-subterranean, passage-like structures used for storage in the later prehistoric period. There are other probable souterrains on the periphery of the site. Taken together the remains represent a dense concentration of later prehistoric settlement with several phases of activity.

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 on plan with maximum dimensions of 160m between its N and S-most points and 180m between its E and W-most points, 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 proximity to monuments of potentially contemporary date range and by the evidence for intercutting, and therefore multi-phase, construction activity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 22 NW 36.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1984) A29255 NO22NW36.

RCAHMS (1984) A64750 NO22NW36.

RCAHMS (1988) A29271/TR NO22NW36.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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