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Cumbrae House, ring-ditches 200m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Lochgelly, Cardenden and Benarty, Fife

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Latitude: 56.1693 / 56°10'9"N

Longitude: -3.3186 / 3°19'6"W

OS Eastings: 318220

OS Northings: 698185

OS Grid: NT182981

Mapcode National: GBR 23.HBDP

Mapcode Global: WH6RL.060D

Entry Name: Cumbrae House, ring-ditches 200m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 11 December 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7604

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Portmoak

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Lochgelly, Cardenden and Benarty

Traditional County: Kinross-shire


The monument comprises two ring-ditch houses of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland, on the lower slopes of Navitie Hill at about 130m OD, just outside (NE of) Ballingry. It comprises the remains of at least two prehistoric houses. The ring ditches represent the substantial foundations of timber roundhouses characteristic of the first millennium BC.

The E ring ditch is the better defined and measures about 8m in diameter within a ditch about 2m wide. A gap in the ditch on the ENE signifies the position of the entrance and a pit is visible in the interior. The second ring-ditch house lies approximatley 20m WNW of the first and measures about 13m in diameter within a narrow ditch.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to survive. It is circular, with a diameter of 60m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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, economy and land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 19 NE 13.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1983) KR/1062 NT19NE13.

RCAHMS (1989) DC21025 NT19NE13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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