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Marklach,hut circle and field clearance cairns 270m north of

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

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Latitude: 55.0151 / 55°0'54"N

Longitude: -4.856 / 4°51'21"W

OS Eastings: 217493

OS Northings: 572678

OS Grid: NX174726

Mapcode National: GBR 40.V45B

Mapcode Global: WH2RX.C6VP

Entry Name: Marklach,hut circle and field clearance cairns 270m N of

Scheduled Date: 22 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5054

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 is a hut circle of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age and associated field clearance cairns. The hut circle is immediately outside a field of improved pasture and is traversed by a modern track. It measures 14m in diameter internally within a bank 1.5m wide and up to 0.5m high.

The hut circle is built on a low prepared platform cut into the gentle hill slope. To the N are three well- preserved clearance cairns. The area to be scheduled is a rectangle measuring 100m N-S by 40m transversely, bounded by, but excluding, the modern field dyke to the E, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a prehistoric hut circle and clearance cairns which have the potential to greatly enhance our understanding of prehistoric settlement. Its importance is increased by the survival of several similar sites 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 44.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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