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Antonine Wall and fortlet, north west of Carleith Primary School

A Scheduled Monument in Kilpatrick, West Dunbartonshire

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Latitude: 55.9258 / 55°55'32"N

Longitude: -4.4317 / 4°25'54"W

OS Eastings: 248158

OS Northings: 672977

OS Grid: NS481729

Mapcode National: GBR 0S.ZLCH

Mapcode Global: WH3NS.WBT1

Entry Name: Antonine Wall and fortlet, NW of Carleith Primary School

Scheduled Date: 2 February 1999

Last Amended: 4 October 2022

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7069

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Roman: military way

Location: Old Kilpatrick

County: West Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Kilpatrick

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire


The monument comprises a section of the Antonine Wall and an associated fortlet, located on a relatively level ground to the northwest of Carleith Primary School. The Antonine Wall at this point includes the buried remains of a rampart, ditch, berm (the area between rampart and ditch), upcast mound, military way (roadway) and a fortlet. Faint traces of the ditch survive at the west end of this section of the Wall and excavations in this area have identified the location of the rampart and ditch. Non-invasive archaeological investigation has confirmed the position of an associated fortlet. The fortlet is at the southwest end of this section of the wall and projects from its south side.    

The scheduled area is irregular. It includes the remains described above and an area around, within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract. At its eastern side, the scheduled area extends up to the adjacent housing estate. At its western side, the scheduled area extends up to the minor road to Carleith Farm. The top 50cm of the track which runs through the scheduled area is excluded from the schedule.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The 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. Limited excavations on this section of the Wall have shown that the rampart is well preserved. Geophysical survey has confirmed the position and extent of an associated fortlet at the W end of this section of the wall.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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