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Souterrains 100m south west of Ardownie Farm Cottages

A Scheduled Monument in Monifieth and Sidlaw, Angus

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Latitude: 56.4935 / 56°29'36"N

Longitude: -2.8219 / 2°49'18"W

OS Eastings: 349492

OS Northings: 733790

OS Grid: NO494337

Mapcode National: GBR VP.8VXV

Mapcode Global: WH7RD.M1FV

Entry Name: Souterrains 100m SW of Ardownie Farm Cottages

Scheduled Date: 14 November 1996

Last Amended: 29 September 2021

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 eastern souterrain measures some 10m in length by about 2m wide and is aligned approximately northeast-southwest. Some 40m to the west is a second souterrain, approximately 20m long by about 2m wide, running north northwest-south southeast. A length of ditch some 2m wide runs northeast from its eastern side 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 scheduled area is rectangular. It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown 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


No Bibliography entries for this designation


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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