Scheduled Monument

Slamannan, motteSM1737

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Last Date Amended
Secular: motte
Local Authority
NS 85617 73462
285617, 673462


The monument is a motte of medieval date. It was first scheduled in 1959, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains; the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument is located in an area of public ground at a height of around 500m OD. It comprises an earthen mound measuring approximately 30m in diameter at its base, and upstanding to a height of about 4m. The northern half of the summit of the mound was excavated in 1958, and the surrounding ditch was located and two sections dug across it, the latter revealed pottery of 12th- or 13th-century date. In the early half of the 20th century the motte was landscaped for recreational use, with a path and brick steps being inserted into the mound. Despite this disturbance, it is likely that the summit of the mound and the buried remains of the enclosure ditch will remain informative, as will the contemporary ground surface beneath the mound.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. The area is oval extending 10m out from the foot of the motte but defined to the S and E by the adjacent walls. The area measures approximately 45m NS by approximately 37m EW and is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of defended settlement sites in the medieval period. It is also a striking field monument.



RCAHMS records the monument as NS87SE 1



About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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