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Carleton Mains,enclosure 280m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Girvan and South Carrick, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.1634 / 55°9'48"N

Longitude: -4.9229 / 4°55'22"W

OS Eastings: 213908

OS Northings: 589350

OS Grid: NX139893

Mapcode National: GBR GH62.5SG

Mapcode Global: WH2R3.CH01

Entry Name: Carleton Mains,enclosure 280m SE of

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5851

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Colmonell

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument comprises the ploughed down remains of an enclosure, possibly a prehistoric settlement, which is situated in improved pasture 280m to the SE of Carleton Mains.

The enclosure is roughly circular on plan and measures about 20m in diameter within its ditch; there are possible entrances on the N and SE. Although not visible from ground level, this site is revealed by aerial photography. Investigations elsewhere at sites of a similar nature have shown that important archaeological deposits can survive in these circumstances.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular on plan and measures 70m E to W by 45m transversely, to include the enclosure and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it represents the ploughed down remains of a form of monument, probably a prehistoric domestic site, the upstanding equivalents of which have generally not been recognised in SW Scotland. It has the potential to provide information about its own date and function, and about the evolution of settlement in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 18 NW 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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