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Wester Carmuirs, ring ditch settlement 450m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Bonnybridge and Larbert, Falkirk

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Latitude: 56.0036 / 56°0'12"N

Longitude: -3.854 / 3°51'14"W

OS Eastings: 284483

OS Northings: 680507

OS Grid: NS844805

Mapcode National: GBR 1G.TQ5F

Mapcode Global: WH4PT.RCYG

Entry Name: Wester Carmuirs, ring ditch settlement 450m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6413

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

Location: Falkirk

County: Falkirk

Electoral Ward: Bonnybridge and Larbert

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring ditch house of prehistoric date and other features represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 35m OD. It comprises the remains of a ring ditch house some 20m E-W by about 17m N-S, with an entrance in its E side. There are a large number of pits scattered around the field, including several clustered around a former watercourse, and a larger, dark cropmark SE of the ring ditch which may represent the remains of a further structure.

Ring ditches have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of the later prehistoric period. The associated cropmarks appear to represent slighter features associated with the former settlement.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cropmarks and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is sub-rectangular with maximum dimensions of 220m N-S by 120m E-W, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its proximity to other sites of broadly similar date in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 88 SW 29.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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