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Auldhousehill Wood,settlement 600m SSW of Ericstane

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale North, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.3792 / 55°22'44"N

Longitude: -3.4696 / 3°28'10"W

OS Eastings: 306978

OS Northings: 610447

OS Grid: NT069104

Mapcode National: GBR 4667.MJ

Mapcode Global: WH5V7.P203

Entry Name: Auldhousehill Wood,settlement 600m SSW of Ericstane

Scheduled Date: 21 November 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6138

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Moffat

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale North

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of late prehistoric date, situated between two small stream valleys on the W side of the Annan valley.

The settlement is defined by a bank of earth and stones, measuring up to 0.8m high internally and 1.6m high externally. It encloses an area about 36m across. What may have been the original entrance is on the W side. Upslope, on the W side, is a second bank. This is fairly slight, no more than 0.6m high and spread to 5m wide. Within the central part of the interior is a level area some 12m across, perhaps the site of a house.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, bounded to N and S by small streams and to E and W by a line approximately 10m beyond the foot of the slope of the outermost bank. It measures a maximum of 100m N-S by 90m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of a small group of settlements of varied plan. It has the potential, through excavation and analysis, to provide important information about late prehistoric settlement organisation and economy, and, through comparison with nearby sites, about the pattern and inter-relationships of settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 01 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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