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Markdhu,hut circles and field system 1250m NNE of

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

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Latitude: 55.034 / 55°2'2"N

Longitude: -4.8348 / 4°50'5"W

OS Eastings: 218933

OS Northings: 574722

OS Grid: NX189747

Mapcode National: GBR 41.SWKX

Mapcode Global: WH2RQ.PQXR

Entry Name: Markdhu,hut circles and field system 1250m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 18 December 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4893

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 3 hut circles and associated field banks and clearance cairns of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age, occupying low knolls and ridges. The southernmost hut circle measures 5.5m in diameter internally within a wall surviving to 1.7m wide and 0.2m high. To the NE is a second hut circle of similar dimensions. The northernmost hut circle is obscured by a modern sheepfold, but measures 12.5m in diameter overall.

Around the hut circles are traces of field banks, an enclosure, and field clearance cairns, which are partly obscured by peat. The area to be scheduled includes the hut circles and field system and an area around them in which traces of activity associated with their use will be found. The area is a square measuring 200m N-S by 200m transversely, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as hut circles and associated field system of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age which has the potential to greatly enhance our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area. Its importance is increased by the survival of a number of similar monuments in the area; 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



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 17 SE 49.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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