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Ardownie Farm Cottages, souterrains 50m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Latitude: 56.4934 / 56°29'36"N

Longitude: -2.8217 / 2°49'18"W

OS Eastings: 349501

OS Northings: 733777

OS Grid: NO495337

Mapcode National: GBR VP.8VZ5

Mapcode Global: WH7RD.M1JY

Entry Name: Ardownie Farm Cottages, souterrains 50m SW of

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6512

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Monifieth

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Monifieth and Sidlaw

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of two souterrains of later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 40m OD. The E souterrain measures some 10m in length by about 2m wide and is aligned approximately NE-SW. Some 40m to the W is a second souterrain, approximately 20m long by about 2m wide, running NNW-SSE. A length of ditch some 2m wide runs NE from its for about 7m, apparently representing an entrance or side chamber.

Souterrains were semi-underground cellars attached to above-ground settlements during the Iron Age. They are generally thought to have been used for storage.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the souterrains and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is an irregular quadrilateral on plan with maximum dimensions of 120m ENE-WSW by 80m 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 our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 43 SE 61.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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