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Cult Hill, fort 460m NNE of North Cult

A Scheduled Monument in West Fife and Coastal Villages, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1513 / 56°9'4"N

Longitude: -3.5715 / 3°34'17"W

OS Eastings: 302473

OS Northings: 696513

OS Grid: NT024965

Mapcode National: GBR 1T.JFLX

Mapcode Global: WH5QB.3NK6

Entry Name: Cult Hill, fort 460m NNE of North Cult

Scheduled Date: 16 July 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8542

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Saline

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: West Fife and Coastal Villages

Traditional County: Fife

Description

The monument comprises a hill fort of late prehistoric date, visible as turf-covered wall footings.

The monument lies in an area of rough grazing, occupying a rocky knoll on the northern spur of Cult Hill at a height of around 255m OD. It is sub-circular in shape, measuring 60m from N-S by 54m transversely, within a band of turfed-over walling that measures 2.7m in maximum width. Beyond this inner circuit of walling, there are traces of at least one and possibly two additional ramparts. Entrances have also been identified, cutting through the ramparts on the E and the WSW.

Levels of preservation are variable, with sections of the ramparts surviving in good condition on the S side of the hill, while to the north they have been virtually levelled, though subsurface deposits will undoubtedly remain. The monument represents the remains of a defended settlement site or hillfort, probably dating 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 circular on plan, measuring 155m in diameter, as marked in red upon the attached 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 upland defended settlement sites in the later prehistoric period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 09 NW 6.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1981) F/8572.

RCAHMS (1981) F/8573.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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