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Middlebank House, souterrain 370m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunfermline South, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0472 / 56°2'49"N

Longitude: -3.3964 / 3°23'46"W

OS Eastings: 313116

OS Northings: 684694

OS Grid: NT131846

Mapcode National: GBR 20.R4XK

Mapcode Global: WH6S3.S8WH

Entry Name: Middlebank House, souterrain 370m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 23 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8554

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Dunfermline South

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a souterrain of late prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies within an area of gently sloping arable ground, situated around 150m to the west of a steep-sided wooded valley through which flows the Pinkerton Burn. It occupies a location at around 50m OD. It comprises a single crescentic ditched feature, measuring approximately 20m in maximum length by 12m transversely. The monument probably represents the remains of a 'souterrain' or underground storage area, which would once have been associated with a timber house structure, and is likely to date 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 40m in diameter, as marked in red upon the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it has a potential to contribute to our understanding of settlement and economy in the late prehistoric period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 18 SW 116.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1986) A30606.

RCAHMS (1986) A30609.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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