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Burnside of Baltersan,ring ditch,pits and Roman camp 700m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Lochar, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.1032 / 55°6'11"N

Longitude: -3.7022 / 3°42'7"W

OS Eastings: 291494

OS Northings: 580076

OS Grid: NX914800

Mapcode National: GBR 29LF.9G

Mapcode Global: WH5W9.3ZBP

Entry Name: Burnside of Baltersan,ring ditch,pits and Roman camp 700m S of

Scheduled Date: 11 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5695

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment; Roman: camp

Location: Holywood

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Lochar

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument comprises features relating to both prehistoric

settlement and Roman military activity. All of the features

represented are visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

Roman military activity is represented by a temporary camp measuring approximately 200-220m E-W by 160-180m N-S, with rounded corners. Entrances of "titulus" type are visible in the central parts of the

east and west sides. In the centre of this camp, but likely to date

to a significantly earlier period, are a ring ditch and an arc of

pits. The ring ditch appears to be approximately 15-20m in diameter

with no visible entrance. An arc of substantial pits curves from this ring ditch to the north and east. These remains are likely to

represent prehistoric domestic activity comprising a house and pit- defined enclosure, but a ritual function cannot be ruled out


The area to be scheduled is irregular in shape, measuring a maximum

of 290m N-S by 340m. This encompasses the visible cropmark features allowing an appropriate margin of error for the rectification of the features from oblique aerial photographs. The area is marked in red

on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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