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Glenwhilly,hut circles and field system 1300m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.0126 / 55°0'45"N

Longitude: -4.8724 / 4°52'20"W

OS Eastings: 216434

OS Northings: 572448

OS Grid: NX164724

Mapcode National: GBR 40.V6CP

Mapcode Global: WH2RX.482L

Entry Name: Glenwhilly,hut circles and field system 1300m NW of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4868

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: New Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument consists of two hut circles, rubble-banked fields, and field clearance cairns, of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age, situated to the NW of the Glenwhilly sheepfold. The better-preserved hut circle measures 8.5m in diameter internally, and 14m in diameter overall. The entrance is to the SE and there are traces of divisions inside the structure. The hut circle is on the SE side of a large field which measures 65m NW-SE by 60m transversely. Traces of other field banks running under the peat are attached to the field. To the N there are at least nine field clearance cairns.

About 60m SE of the hut circle is a second circular structure lying immediately to the SW of the sheepfold. It measures 14m NW-SE by at least 10m transversely and has been partly damaged by the sheepfold. The area to be scheduled includes the hut circles, field banks, clearance cairns, and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found. It measures a maximum of 180m NW-SE by 150m transversely, bounded in part by the sheepfold wall but excluding the above ground portions of modern dykes, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of hut circles and field system of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area. Its importance is increased by the survival of several monuments of similar date in the vicinity; the study of this group has the potential to increase greatly our knowledge of the development and organisation of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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