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Heatherinch, enclosures west of

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

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Latitude: 56.2712 / 56°16'16"N

Longitude: -3.1243 / 3°7'27"W

OS Eastings: 330467

OS Northings: 709317

OS Grid: NO304093

Mapcode National: GBR 2C.8S1T

Mapcode Global: WH6R2.ZMDR

Entry Name: Heatherinch, enclosures W of

Scheduled Date: 12 February 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7194

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 of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland. It consists of a number of rectilinear ditched enclosures, measuring between 20m and 35m in length. To the SW, there appears to be a ring-ditch, measuring about 10m in diameter.

Ring-ditches such as this have been found on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of later prehistoric date. There are a number of pits and lengths of ditch in the same field, which may be expected to represent associated structures.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the visible remains and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is divided into two parts of unequal size. The northerly part is irregular with maximum dimensions of 220m NE-SW by 190m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

The southerly area is approximately square, with sides of 40m, its W edge coinciding with a field boundary, also 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:

RCAHMS (1979) F/6924 NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1979) F/6925 NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1979) F/6930 NO20NE27.

RCAHMS (1991) F6925/TR NO20NE27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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