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Dubton,unenclosed settlement north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Montrose and District, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7368 / 56°44'12"N

Longitude: -2.4878 / 2°29'16"W

OS Eastings: 370256

OS Northings: 760675

OS Grid: NO702606

Mapcode National: GBR X4.ZLWJ

Mapcode Global: WH8RB.RXJW

Entry Name: Dubton,unenclosed settlement NW of

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6132

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Montrose

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Montrose and District

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of an unenclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on a low rise in arable farmland at around 15m OD, adjacent to the N of the modern house of Dubton. It comprises a series of five circular cropmarks which appear to represent the remains of former timber buildings and several associated features. The five circular cropmarks form a linear group running broadly ENE-WSW and range in diameter from 8-12m. Between the two W-most circular features lie two overlapping semi-circular cropmarks which may represent the remains of souterrains. Such semi-subterranean structures were commonly used for storage purposes on settlements of the later prehistoric period. To the NW of this group of features is a cluster of sharply-defined small dark cropmarks which may represent associated structures.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 180m 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 add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. The likely association of a series of domestic buildings, souterrains and ancillary structures suggests that the monument has the potential to greatly advance our understanding of the development and operation of prehistoric lowland agricultural settlements.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 76 SW 32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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