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Tanlawhill,settlement 1150m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale North, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.2044 / 55°12'15"N

Longitude: -3.1857 / 3°11'8"W

OS Eastings: 324635

OS Northings: 590652

OS Grid: NY246906

Mapcode National: GBR 6868.E2

Mapcode Global: WH6X9.1G83

Entry Name: Tanlawhill,settlement 1150m SE of

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4696

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Westerkirk

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale North

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is an enclosed settlement of the Iron Age, situated on the NE shoulder of Downey Hill. It is oval in plan and measures 43m by 38m within a wall about 1.8m in thickness, surviving to a height of c. 50cm. The entrance lies in the WNW. A recent sheepfold occupies the E part of the enclosed area. In the W part two platforms against the enclosure wall mark the sites of circular house stances. An area measuring 100m in diameter is proposed for scheduling. The fabric above ground of the sheepfold is specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its well preserved field characteristics; it is a well preserved example of its type. Archaeological excavation would recover information of considerable importance on the way of life of the people of the period. The site is of particular importance because it is one of a series in Eskdale and Ewesdale; a rare opportunity is preserved in these monuments to understand the relationship of settlement, and the way the landscape was organised in the Iron Age. The monument is of national importance to the theme of Iron Age settlement and landscape organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NY 29 SW 27.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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