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Wester Carmuirs, ring ditch 500m north west of Carmuirs West Junction

A Scheduled Monument in Bonnybridge and Larbert, Falkirk

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Latitude: 56.0079 / 56°0'28"N

Longitude: -3.8437 / 3°50'37"W

OS Eastings: 285140

OS Northings: 680975

OS Grid: NS851809

Mapcode National: GBR 1H.TDGV

Mapcode Global: WH4PT.X8V3

Entry Name: Wester Carmuirs, ring ditch 500m NW of Carmuirs West Junction

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6415

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 later prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises a ring ditch some 10m in diameter within a ditch up to about 2m wide. There is a SE-facing entrance. A darker patch inside the ring ditch may represent surviving internal deposits. The monument is located close to Wester Carmuirs Roman camp (which lies to the S) and Wester Carmuirs enclosures (which lie to the W).

Ring ditches such as this have been shown on excavation to represent the remains of timber roundhouses of the later prehistoric period.

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 circular with a diameter of 50m 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 enhanced by its proximity to possibly contemporary sites, both Roman and native.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 88 SE 36.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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