Carlungie and Ardestie earthhouses

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Carlungie and Ardestie Earthhouses can be found in farmland north of Monifieth and Carnoustie. They date to the late Iron Age, from the 1st to 2nd centuries AD. They are examples of souterrains, probably used to store food.

Ardestie Earthhouse[edit]

Ardestie Earthhouse
Cup and ring marks at Ardestie

Ardestie earthhouse was discovered in the 1940s to the north of Mains of Ardestie farm.[1] It was excavated in 1949-1950 by F.T. Wainwright, who first suggested that the function of the souterrain was as an underground cow byre, although grain storage and ritual use have also been suggested.[2] Incorporated into the structure are recycled stones with neolithic/Bronze Age cup and ring marks

Carlungie Earthhouse[edit]

Carlungie Earthhouse

Carlungie earthhouse was excavated in 1950-1951, also by Wainwright. It is of similar date and a similar interpretation of its utilisation was made..[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic Scotland (1998). "Entry in the schedule of Monuments: The monument known as Ardestie, souterrain 400m NW of Mains of Ardestie in the Parish of Monikie and County of Angus". Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  2. ^ Watkins, T (1978). "Excavation of a settlement and souterrain at Newmill, near Bankfoot, Perthshire". Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 110: 165–208. 
  3. ^ Historic Scotland (1998). "Entry in the schedule of Monuments: The monument known as Carlungie, souterrain 760m WNW of in the Parish of Monikie and County of Angus". Retrieved 2009-09-11. 

Coordinates: 56°30′48″N 2°47′45″W / 56.51333°N 2.79583°W / 56.51333; -2.79583