Scheduled Monument

Rob's Reed, homestead 485m ESE of Home FarmSM2869

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
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead
Local Authority
NO 49067 52438
349067, 752438


The monument is the remains of a circular homestead dating probably to the Iron Age (between about 800 BC and 500 AD). It comprises a circular single-walled enclosure, measuring 32m in overall diameter. The enclosing wall is now much reduced and is visible as a wide, low turf-covered mound of small stone, spread up to 7.7m wide. It stands up to 1.2m high on the N, but is elsewhere much lower. The interior measures approximately 16m in diameter, with a dished profile, and is higher in the W. The entrance may have been on the S side, where the enclosing wall is no longer visible. The enclosure is clipped on its W edge by a modern stone dyke. The monument is situated at around 160m above sea level, on the western edge of a prominent E-W ridge.  The monument was first scheduled in 1969, but the documentation did not meet modern standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

The scheduled area is circular, measuring 54m in diameter, but truncated along its W edge to exclude the modern field boundary. The scheduled area includes the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to make a significant addition to our knowledge and understanding of later prehistoric settlement in Angus and further afield. It has good potential to preserve important archaeological deposits and features which can enhance our understanding of settlement, society and economy during the Iron Age. It also offers high potential to compare changing settlement forms and character over time and to examine the functions of different settlement types, particularly in contrast with the much more common settlement types in Angus now visible as cropmarks in lower-lying agricultural land. Our understanding of the distribution and character of later prehistoric settlements would be diminished if this monument was to be lost or damaged.



Other Information

RCAHMS records the monument as NO45SE 30. The Angus Sites and Monuments Record reference is NO45SE0030.


Christison, D 1900, 'The forts, "camps", and other field-works of Perth, Forfar and Kincardine', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 34, 107.

Coutts, H 1970, Ancient monuments of Tayside, Dundee, 37.

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