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Wellfield, enclosure 220m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Almond and Earn, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3276 / 56°19'39"N

Longitude: -3.3442 / 3°20'39"W

OS Eastings: 316971

OS Northings: 715838

OS Grid: NO169158

Mapcode National: GBR 22.5BNC

Mapcode Global: WH6QS.L7Q0

Entry Name: Wellfield, enclosure 220m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 4 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9451

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Abernethy

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Almond and Earn

Traditional County: Perthshire


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

The monument lies in arable farmland and is situated close to the northern edge of an old river terrace at about 20m OD, immediately S of the A913 trunk road. The enclosure appears to be roughly oval in plan, although the eastern arc of the enclosing ditch is not visible on the available aerial photographs.

Internally, the enclosure measures a minimum of 30m from NW to SE by about 24m transversely. The width of the ditch appears to vary considerably, from 6m on the SW to little more than 1m on the NE side. A roughly circular cropmark, about 4m in diameter, is visible in the N part of the interior and probably indicates the position of a roundhouse.

Enclosed settlements of this type are characteristic of the Iron Age. The settlement probably dates to some time in the thousand-year period from about 500 BC to AD 500.

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 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 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 NO 11 NE 31.

Aerial photographs used:

RCAHMS (1978) PT/.5933.

RCAHMS (1984) A65467.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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