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South Dumbuils, enclosure 500m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3333 / 56°19'59"N

Longitude: -3.4682 / 3°28'5"W

OS Eastings: 309320

OS Northings: 716622

OS Grid: NO093166

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.4SYD

Mapcode Global: WH5PL.P2PP

Entry Name: South Dumbuils, enclosure 500m SW of

Scheduled Date: 23 January 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9320

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Forgandenny

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument consists of a trapezoidal, ditched enclosure with, internally, circular or sub-circular features. It is abutted externally by at least two further ditch lines. All the features are visible as crop-marks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at 55m OD and is located on slightly better drained land overlooking, from the south, a fossil, now peat filled, loch basin. The main enclosure is defined by ditches that, on the the N and S sides measure approximately 1.5m in width and 45m long. On the W, the ditch measures approximately 1.5m wide by 35m long.

The remaining E side consists of two thicker ditch segments, measuring approximately 3m wide and 35m and 15m in length respectively, which meet to form a slight eastward-pointing salient. In some aerial photographs the N and E ditches do not meet at the NE corner; the resulting gap, measuring approximately 8m wide, may form a splayed entrance.

Internally a prominent circular feature, measuring approximately 15m in diameter, may indicate the remains of a timber building. Externally, other crop-mark features indicate the presence of further ditch lines extending out from the enclosure for a maximum of 40m on the N.

The area to be scheduled is a square, measuring 100m on each side, aligned parallel to the field boundaries to the NE and SE, to include the enclosure and its interior, the external ditch lines and an area around the monument in which evidence relating to their use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a small multi-phase enclosure and settlement located at margins of an ancient loch basin, it retains the considerable potential to provide information about prehistoric and possibly medieval settlement and landuse practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 01 NE 87.

Aerial photographs used:

RCAHMS (1992) C/00886 NO01NE87.

RCAHMS (1992) C/00885 NO01NE87.

RCAHMS (1996) 098 NO01NE87.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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