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Ramornie Mains, roundhouse 650m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Cupar, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2766 / 56°16'35"N

Longitude: -3.0878 / 3°5'16"W

OS Eastings: 332739

OS Northings: 709876

OS Grid: NO327098

Mapcode National: GBR 2D.8G8G

Mapcode Global: WH6R3.JHVN

Entry Name: Ramornie Mains, roundhouse 650m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 1 March 2000

Last Amended: 22 August 2013

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8317

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Kettle

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Cupar

Traditional County: Fife


The monument is the remains of a roundhouse dating to the later prehistoric period. 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. A possible break in the southern arc of the ditch may represent an entrance. The monument is located within arable farmland at about 40m OD, on locally high ground which slopes downwards to the W. The monument was scheduled in 2000, but the documentation did not meet modern standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

The area to be scheduled is circular in plan, with a diameter of 45m, centred on the centre of the roundhouse. The scheduling includes the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence for the monument's construction, use and abandonment may 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 significant potential to contribute to our understanding of the form, function and distribution of later prehistoric buildings in SE Scotland. It is a good example of its type and has enhanced significance because it lies close to a similar roundhouse and a double-ditched enclosure. It can enhance our knowledge of the later prehistoric settlement pattern, trade and exchange and the rural economy. If this monument was lost or damaged, our understanding of the form and function of later prehistoric buildings and of prehistoric settlement and society in SE Scotland would be diminished.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO30NW 24.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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