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Norman's Law

Fort (Iron Age), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Norman's Law

Classification Fort (Iron Age), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 31814

Site Number NO32SW 22

NGR NO 3053 2019

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Dunbog
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO32SW 22.00 3053 2019

(NO 3053 2019) Norman's Law (NAT)

Fort (NR)

OS 6" map (1959).

NO32SW 22.01 NO 305 201 Jet Armlet

This fort reveals a sequence of different structures, some well preserved. The earliest are a heavy stone wall encircling the summit of the hill, c.700' by 250' and a wall which takes in all the SW foot of the hill to enclose an area which measures 1000' NE-SW by 550' transversely, including that already described but it is not known which is the earlier of the two. The contours of the hill suggest the former is more likely, but there is no real evidence either way.

The latest structure in the citadel or defensive enclosure occupying the summit, measuring 170' by 100' within a 12' thick wall which may be contemporary with the numbers of hut circles within and overlying the fort walls locally associated with late Roman times.

RCAHMS 1933; RCAHMS TS 1954; R W Feachem 1963; R W Feachem 1966.

A fort and settlement. generally as described. The majority of the internal features shown on the RCAHMS plan of 1954 are still identifiable, and additional huts and walls have been located.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (JLD) 31 October 1956 and (JP) 29 June 1970.

Figs (RCAHMS Inv) : Plan.


Field Visit (17 June 1954)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.

Publication Account (1987)

The rocky summit of Norman's Law, commanding extensive views in all directions, has formed the natural focus for a series of defensive enclosures of several phases. The earlier phases may be indicated by the walls that take in the summit area (some 220m by 75m) and the lower terraces to the south, while the later phase of defence is probably the small fort on the summit, which measures about 50m by 30m within a wallup to 5m in thickness with inner and outer facing-stones visible.

There are the traces of many round stone-walled houses on the summit and on the lower terraces, some of them associated with small enclosures, several of which appear to be later than the periods of fortification.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Fife and Tayside’, (1987).


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