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Antonine Wall, north of North Dalnottar Cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire

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Latitude: 55.9264 / 55°55'34"N

Longitude: -4.4378 / 4°26'16"W

OS Eastings: 247778

OS Northings: 673051

OS Grid: NS477730

Mapcode National: GBR 0R.ZR0B

Mapcode Global: WH3NS.S9XM

Entry Name: Antonine Wall, N of North Dalnottar Cemetery

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7066

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Roman: Antonine Wall; Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Old Kilpatrick

County: West Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Kilpatrick

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire


This monument is a section of the Antonine Wall which runs along the slope of a ridge to the N of North Dalnottar Cemetery.

This proposal forms part of a programme which is intended to update the scheduling of the Antonine Wall.

The Antonine Wall at this location consists of the rampart, the ditch, the berm (area between rampart and ditch) and the upcast mound. The monument has been flattened at this location, although traces of the Antonine Wall ditch are visible to the N and NE of the Cemetery.

Excavation in 1970 at the E end of this section located the rampart of the Antonine Wall and also some wall foundations and pottery which provide evidence for probable medieval occupation in the area around the Carleith Burn.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 474m W-E by a maximum of 68m N-S, to include the Antonine Wall rampart, berm, ditch and upcast mound and also an area to the N and S where traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

The E edge of the scheduled area is defined by the boundary of the road that runs to Carleith Farm. The S boundary at its W end extends 20m beyond the S face of the rampart to include Roman-period deposits which are likely to survive in this area; the military way may also be located within this zone.

Elsewhere, the S edge of the scheduled area follows the S boundary to the farm track N of the cemetery. The W edge of the scheduled area is defined by a field boundary. The N edge of the scheduled area extends 25m beyond the N edge of the Antonine Wall ditch, to include the upcast mound and an area beyond it in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the Wall may survive.

The top 50cm of the farm track which runs through the S of the scheduled area is excluded from this scheduling to enable the top surface to be maintained and altered without the need for scheduled monument consent.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as a major Roman frontier system which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of Roman frontier policy and military organisation. The Antonine Wall is also the most substantial and important Roman monument in Scotland. The evidence for possible medieval occupation in the E of this section of the Wall is also of interest.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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