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Glenmoy, enclosed settlement and souterrain north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunfermline Central, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0779 / 56°4'40"N

Longitude: -3.502 / 3°30'7"W

OS Eastings: 306612

OS Northings: 688243

OS Grid: NT066882

Mapcode National: GBR 1W.P56Z

Mapcode Global: WH5QR.5HNH

Entry Name: Glenmoy, enclosed settlement and souterrain NE of

Scheduled Date: 13 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8543

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises an enclosure of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument is located within an arable field, and occupies an area of level ground at a height of around 25m OD that lies at the head of opposing fossil watercourses. It comprises a subcircular enclosure, measuring approximately 60m from N to S by 50m transversely. The limits of this feature are defined by a broad ditch which measures approximately 2m in width.

To the S of the enclosure, there appears to have been added an annexe, which abuts on to the larger feature. This measures approximately 30m from E to W by 20m transversely and apppears to abut one of the fossil watercourses. Within both the enclosure and the adjoining annexe there survives evidence for the presence of internal features.

A comma-shaped cropmark measuring approximately 20m in length, which can be identified within the enclosure, may represent the remains of a souterrain, or underground storage area, that would once have been associated with a house structure. Another more amorphous cropmark situated within the limits of the annexe may represent the remains of a second structure, again probably once associated with an upstanding structure.

Enclosed settlement sites of this kind date to the late prehistoric period, and in particular to the Iron Age.

The area proposed for scheduling includes the visible extent of the remains described and an area around them in which related material may be expected to be found. It is rectangular on plan, measuring 110m from its NW to its SW points, by 60m transversely, as marked in red upon the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has the potential to contribute to our understanding of settlement and economy in the prehistoric period. Its importance is further enhanced by the evidence for a long history of occupation at the site, a possibility attested by the addition of an annexe to the original enclosure.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 08 NE 38.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1977) F/5762.

RCAHMS (1979) F/7130.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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