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Classlochie, souterrain 320m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kinross-shire, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.1827 / 56°10'57"N

Longitude: -3.3933 / 3°23'35"W

OS Eastings: 313614

OS Northings: 699769

OS Grid: NT136997

Mapcode National: GBR 20.GKM0

Mapcode Global: WH6RB.VVBN

Entry Name: Classlochie, souterrain 320m NE of

Scheduled Date: 28 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7600

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kinross

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Kinross-shire

Traditional County: Kinross-shire


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

The monument lies in arable land at around 115m OD. It comprises a single souterrain measuring about 10m in length. The souterrain measures about 2m wide at its W end, and narrows towards its tightly curved E end.

Souterrains are semi-subterranean structures generally regarded as having been used for storage in later prehistory. Where excavated they have been shown to have been associated with larger, above-ground settlements of timber buildings. The latter do not generally show clearly as cropmarks, but their remains often survive below the modern ploughsoil.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 40m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 19 NW 33.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1989) B22856 NN19NW33.

RCAHMS (1989) B22858 NN19NW33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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