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Quarter Farm, burnt mound and clearance cairns 1340m ENE of

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

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Latitude: 54.9786 / 54°58'43"N

Longitude: -4.8145 / 4°48'52"W

OS Eastings: 219984

OS Northings: 568516

OS Grid: NX199685

Mapcode National: GBR 42.XFQD

Mapcode Global: WH2S4.04P4

Entry Name: Quarter Farm, burnt mound and clearance cairns 1340m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4927

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: New Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument consists of a burnt mound and a number of field clearance cairns situated on a low ridge on the S flank of Quarter Fell. The burnt mound, which may cover stone or timber structures, dates to the prehistoric or medieval periods, and measures 6.6m by 4.8m and 0.5m high. It sits among a concentration of field clearance cairns, part of a loose group of cairns.

The cairns, between which may survive the remains of timber structures of the late Neolithic or Bronze Age, measure up to 5m in diameter and 0.4m high. The area to be scheduled includes the burnt mound, a number of the cairns, and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found. The area measures 200m NNE-SSW by 100m transversely, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a burnt mound and field clearance cairns of the prehistoric or medieval periods which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric and medieval settlement and agriculture. They are of particular importance because of the survival of a number of similar monuments in the vicinity; the study of this group has the potential to increase greatly our knowledge of the development and organisation of the prehistoric and medieval landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 16 NE 68 and 104.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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