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Park House, round house 320m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Cupar, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2775 / 56°16'38"N

Longitude: -3.0842 / 3°5'3"W

OS Eastings: 332963

OS Northings: 709975

OS Grid: NO329099

Mapcode National: GBR 2D.8H1K

Mapcode Global: WH6R3.LGJY

Entry Name: Park House, round house 320m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 10 May 2000

Last Amended: 27 August 2013

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8316

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Collessie

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Cupar

Traditional County: Fife


The monument is the remains of a roundhouse dating to the later prehistoric period (sometime between around 1800 BC and AD 400). It lies beneath the plough soil and is visible as cropmarks captured on oblique aerial photographs. The remains comprise a ring ditch approximately 1m wide and 17m in external diameter. Other marks are visible within the interior suggesting the presence of an internal post-ring. The ring ditch has a SW-facing entrance. A very similar monument lies in an adjacent field to the W. The monument is located within arable farmland on level ground approximately 40m above sea level. The monument was scheduled in 2000, but the documentation did not meet modern standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

The scheduled area is circular in plan, with a diameter of 45m, to include the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence for 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 later prehistoric society, economy and settlement in central Scotland. The monument can inform our knowledge of the date, character, building practices and functions of later prehistoric domestic settlements. There is also good potential for the survival of associated domestic remains and artefacts that can enhance our understanding of daily life, trade and exchange and the rural economy during this period. Our understanding of the later prehistoric landscape and settlement pattern would be diminished if this monument was to be lost or damaged.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO31SW 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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