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Wester Carmuirs, enclosures 50m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Bonnybridge and Larbert, Falkirk

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Latitude: 56.008 / 56°0'28"N

Longitude: -3.8474 / 3°50'50"W

OS Eastings: 284906

OS Northings: 680989

OS Grid: NS849809

Mapcode National: GBR 1G.TKM6

Mapcode Global: WH4PT.W821

Entry Name: Wester Carmuirs, enclosures 50m E of

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6414

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Falkirk

County: Falkirk

Electoral Ward: Bonnybridge and Larbert

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


The monument comprises the remains of two overlapping multi-vallate enclosed settlements of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 30m OD. It comprises the remains of two overlapping settlements. One is a double-ditched, D-shaped enclosure about 65m E-W and N-S. The second is also double ditched, roughly oval, measuring about 75m E-W by some 55m N-S. The ditches measure up to about 4m wide. Both enclosures have entrances on the E side. Darker patches inside the enclosures may indicate the remains of former domestic structures. The N sides of both enclosures have been truncated by a railway cutting.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the enclosures and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 170m E-W by 110m N-S 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. The functional and chronological relationship between the two phases of enclosure will be important for the study of the development of later prehistoric settlement in lowland Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 88 SW 27 and 50.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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