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Mudhall, unenclosed settlement east of

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5652 / 56°33'54"N

Longitude: -3.2609 / 3°15'39"W

OS Eastings: 322609

OS Northings: 742178

OS Grid: NO226421

Mapcode National: GBR VB.Q8G7

Mapcode Global: WH6PN.W7CX

Entry Name: Mudhall, unenclosed settlement E of

Scheduled Date: 16 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7321

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Bendochy

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland on a terrace at about 45m OD. It comprises at least five ring-ditch houses of varying complexity, forming an irregular linear spread aligned NE-SW over a distance of some 400m, together with numerous slighter cropmarks representing the remains of associated structures and deposits.

The ring-ditches measure between 16m and 20m in internal diameter within ditches measuring 2-4m wide. At least two have curved cropmarks extending through gaps in their circuits, which appear to represent the remains of souterrains (semi-subterranean storage buildings). One of the ring-ditches is enclosed by a circular palisade trench, measuring some 35m in diameter.

Ring-ditches such as these have been found on excavation to represent the remains of former timber roundhouses dating to the later prehistoric period.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related deposits may be expected to be found. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 420m NE-SW by 160m 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 other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 24 SW 13.

Aerial Photographs used:

CUCAP (1960) PT/10929 NO24SW13.

RCAHMS (1977) PT/5771 NO24SW13.

RCAHMS (1988) A35233/TR NO24SW13.

RCAHMS (1989) B24260 NO24SW13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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