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Enclosed settlement, 220m north west of North Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4341 / 56°26'2"N

Longitude: -3.2108 / 3°12'39"W

OS Eastings: 325429

OS Northings: 727536

OS Grid: NO254275

Mapcode National: GBR VD.6G36

Mapcode Global: WH6Q8.NJ7W

Entry Name: Enclosed settlement, 220m NW of North Cottage

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1998

Last Amended: 14 September 2021

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7208

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 an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date, visible as a series of cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument occupies a locally prominent knoll in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure, measuring about 30m in diameter within a ditch some 1.5m wide. There appears to be an annexe attached to the northwest arc of the enclosure. In and around the enclosure are five disc-shaped cropmarks, each about 10m-12m in diameter, which are characteristic of the remains of prehistoric timber roundhouses.

Three of these features lie within the enclosure, one lies outside, and the fifth is intersected by the enclosure ditch, implying that the cropmarks represent more than one period of settlement. There is also a curved cropmark within the enclosure, measuring about 15m in length, which appears to represent the remains of a souterrain; a type of semi-subterranean passage-like structure used for storage in prehistoric times.

The scheduled area is irregular. 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 multi-period character and by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary dates.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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