Ardestie, souterrain 400m NW of Mains of ArdestieSM90021
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- Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house
- Local Authority
- NO 50205 34448
- 350205, 734448
The monument comprises a souterrain of prehistoric date. Its importance is reflected in its status as a Property in Care of the Secretary of State. The monument is being rescheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area.
The monument lies in an area of arable farmland, although the central part is set within a fenced enclosure maintained by Historic Scotland. The main visible feature is a complex souterrain; a semi-subterranean, passage-like structure thought to have been used for storage in the later prehistoric period.
Excavations in the 1940s showed that the souterrain was associated with several above-ground structures, the remains of four of which are still visible within the fenced enclosure. Further such structures and deposits may be expected to survive in the unexcavated portions of the scheduled area, both inside and outside the fenced enclosure.
The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 60m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.
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