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Temporary Camp (Roman)

Site Name Forteviot

Classification Temporary Camp (Roman)

Alternative Name(s) Broomhill

Canmore ID 26608

Site Number NO01NW 1

NGR NO 03940 17530

NGR Description Centred NO 03940 17530

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Forteviot
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO01NW 1 centred 03940 17530

NO 039 175: Roman temporary camp discovered from air photographs in August 1951 (Visible on J K St Joseph air photographs JQ 71-2). Although it lies at the N end of one of the very few gaps in the Ochil massif, it is not on any Roman route at present known. It measures c.2050' x 1350' the ramparts being formed from upcast from the ditch. The defences were trenched in 1952, when the W entrance was located.

R W Feachem 1952; J Roman Stud 1953.

No traces of this camp were seen on the ground.

Visited by OS (W D J) 2 November 1965.

62 acre, Severan. In each of the sides of the camp there is a slight re-entrant angle, the two shorter sides being bowed out and the longer sides bowed in, the changes in direction taking place at the gate positions. A tutulus has been recorded at the S gate and at one of the two W gates. An 'annexe' defined by a narrow ditch has also appeared, attached to the S side of the camp between the S gate and the SE angle. The size is approximately 329' x 290'.

J K St Joseph 1965; J K St Joseph 1969.

A gold coin of Hadrian was found in September 1829.

J D Bateson 1990


Publication Account (17 December 2011)

The camp at Broomhill Farm, Forteviot, was first discovered through cropmarks on air photographs by Feachem in 1951, with parts of the ditch confirmed by probing (1952: 217); the majority has now been recorded from the air (illus 129). It lies on a level terrace close to a meander in the River Earn, with the camp at Dunning some 2.5km to the SSW, and the Gask Ridge across the Earn to the north. It measures 640m from NNE to SSW by 410m transversely, enclosing 26ha (64 acres). There is a small annexe on the eastern part of the SSW side, measuring 98m by 120m enclosing a further 1.2ha (3 acres). Probable entrances are recorded in the centre of the NNE and SSW sides and one in the WNW side is protected by a titulus. The position of these entrances suggests that the camp had six gates. Trenches were placed through the camp in 1952 by Aitken, locating the western entrance, but no further information was provided (Taylor 1953: 105–6). A gold coin of Hadrian was found on Broomhill farm in 1829 (Bateson 1989: 166).

R H Jones

Watching Brief (30 November 2013)

A watching brief was kept on 30 November 2013 during the excavation of a trench for a new pole on an overhead power line within the limits of a Roman temporary camp (NO01NW 1) at Broomhill, Forteviot. Nothing of archaeological significance was encountered.

Information from Oasis (scotiaar1-166848) 28 December 2013

Geophysical Survey (2015)

A programme of geophysical survey was undertaken in 2015 across a number of known archaeological sites in Perth and Kinross:

NO 02182 15001 (Canmore ID: 26662, SMR: 3675) Dunning – Roman temporary camp

NO 01900 15900 (Canmore ID: 26621, SMR: 9158) Leadketty – Enclosures, causewayed enclosure, ring ditches, square barrow and pits

NO 03940 17530 (Canmore ID: 26608) Forteviot – Roman temporary camp

NO 05353 16830 (Canmore ID: 26565) Forteviot – Henges, enclosures, square barrows and pits

NO 02600 15700 (Canmore ID: 84940, SMR: 8918) – Pit alignment.

Archive and report: National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE)

Funder: Historic Scotland


Tessa Poller and Dene Wright – University of Glasgow

(Source: DES, Volume 16)


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