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Clerkhill,homestead,unenclosed settlements & field system 400m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.273 / 55°16'22"N

Longitude: -3.1709 / 3°10'15"W

OS Eastings: 325703

OS Northings: 598270

OS Grid: NY257982

Mapcode National: GBR 679G.9L

Mapcode Global: WH6WX.8Q8K

Entry Name: Clerkhill,homestead,unenclosed settlements & field system 400m N of

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1991

Last Amended: 16 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4966

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system

Location: Eskdalemuir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument consists of the remains of more than one phase of late Bronze Age or early Iron Age settlement, and includes remains of six unenclosed houses, of which two, close together, comprise the homestead, and areas of cultivation remains of the type called ?cord-rig?. The area now to be scheduled is irregular on plan, of maximum dimensions 300m NNW-SSE by 270m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare example of an unenclosed settlement which appears to display development over time and is associated with evidence for contemporary agricultural practices in the form of narrow rig cultivation. The monument offers potential for the study the development of rural settlement types over time and the economics of marginal farming systems in the first millennium BC.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NY29NE 55.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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