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Curriestanes,cursus east of

A Scheduled Monument in North West Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0603 / 55°3'36"N

Longitude: -3.6293 / 3°37'45"W

OS Eastings: 296033

OS Northings: 575189

OS Grid: NX960751

Mapcode National: GBR 393X.2V

Mapcode Global: WH5WQ.721K

Entry Name: Curriestanes,cursus E of

Scheduled Date: 28 September 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5738

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cursus/bank barrow

Location: Troqueer

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: North West Dumfries

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a cursus, or elongated ceremonial enclosure, of Neolithic date represented by a series of cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The parallel ditches which form the cursus enclose an area of approximately 220m E-W by 80-90m N-S, and are irregular in width up to a maximum of approximately 4m. An entrance is apparent in the middle of the eastern end. The western terminus of the cursus is not, however, visible and the monument extends under modern housing at the limits of its visibility to the west. No internal features are visible.

The area to be scheduled includes the cursus and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive. It is divided into two parts by the modern road (Park Road). The part south of the road is triangular, with a base of 320m east-west by 160m north-south, with the third side formed by Park Road. The part north of the road is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 170m NE-SW by 40m NW-SE as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric ritual activity. The ditches may be expected to contain evidence for the construction and use of the monument, and may contain deposits relating to prehistoric ritual practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NX 97 NE 85.

Aerial photographs consulted:

1. B23411 1989.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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