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Market Knowe

Cairn (Period Unknown)

Site Name Market Knowe

Classification Cairn (Period Unknown)

Canmore ID 32008

Site Number NO33SW 19

NGR NO 3122 3058

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Longforgan (Perth And Kinross)
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District City Of Dundee
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO33SW 19 3122 3058.

(NO 3122 3058) Market Knowe (Tumulus) (NR)

OS 6" map, Perthshire, 2nd ed., (1902)

The Statistical Account (ONB 1861) describes this as a tumulus which is situated on a slight elevation called Market Knowe, formerly used as a market for the village, and says that it is generally known as a 'Roman Camp'. It also records the discovery of stone coffins containing skeletons many years ago.

Name Book 1861.

Crawford thought it was possibly a castle-mound or a bell-barrow.

OS 6" map, annotated by O G S Crawford, 21 October 1939.

Situated on the N crest of Market Knowe, just within the S edge of Huntly Wood, there is a circular, stony mound,averaging 30m. in diameter and about 2m in height, surrounded by a broad ditch, varying from 2 - 4m in width, and an outer bank.

The central mound has been extensively robbed leaving a slight rim around the edge, and appears to be separated from the ditch by a berm, best preserved on the N. The ditch and outer bank have been extensively mutilated on the SE.

There seems little doubt that this is a Wessex-type bell-cairn. Known locally as 'Roman Knowe'.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (R D L) 16 June 1964.


Measured Survey (October 2017)

NO 3122 3058 (NO33SW 19) In October 2017 Archaeology Scotland’s Adopt-a-Monument scheme supported the Abertay Historical Society Fieldwork Division to produce a topographical survey of Market Knowe Cairn. The group were keen to see if a topographical survey could help provide further information on the nature of the cairn, the typology of which is disputed locally. Adopt-a-Monument delivered a two-day training workshop on site survey and a topographical survey of the monument was produced using a dumpy level. The survey did not produce any further information on the typology of the monument and the group is exploring funding opportunities to support a geophysical survey.

Archive: NRHE (intended)

Funder: Archaeology Scotland’s Adopt-a-Monument scheme (Funded by Historic Environment Scotland)

Cara Jones – Archaeology Scotland and Abertay Historical Society Fieldwork Division

(Source: DES, Volume 18)


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