Scheduled Monument

Cracknie,souterrain and settlementSM5663

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house, Secular: enclosure; house; kiln; settlement, including deserted and depopulated and townships
Local Authority
NC 66561 50941
266561, 950941


The monument consists of a souterrain and a post medieval settlement on a NE-facing slope. The souterrain is almost intact. The entrance is marked by a hollow and a number of large stones, including one fallen cap stone. The full length of the souterrain is about 14.3m.

It is an average of about 1.3m high and 1.1m wide, but the inner end is pear-shaped. The walls are carefully built without mortar and it is roofed with slabs overlapping each other. The post medieval settlement includes a long house, kiln barn and an area of enclosed infield with traces of rig and furrow. The souterrain is located within the enclosed infield of this settlement.

The area to be scheduled measures 270m NNW-SSE, by 105m WSW-ENE, to include the souterrain, post medieval buildings, enclosed infield and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the souterrain and settlement may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric and post medieval domestic life and architecture.



RCAHMS records the monument as NC 65 SE 1.

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