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Moat,enclosure 300m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid and Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.1547 / 55°9'17"N

Longitude: -3.7353 / 3°44'6"W

OS Eastings: 289525

OS Northings: 585862

OS Grid: NX895858

Mapcode National: GBR 28CT.3Z

Mapcode Global: WH5W2.LPJP

Entry Name: Moat,enclosure 300m NW of

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4955

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Dunscore

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid and Upper Nithsdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is an enclosed settlement of the Iron Age, some 2000 to 2500 years old, occupying the flat top of a natural knoll, and measuring c 60m N-S by 50m transversely. The enclosure is defined by a slight scarped bank. There are traces of structures in the interior. The area to be scheduled is circular and measures 100m in diameter, as marked in red on the attached map. The recent dry stone dyke which crosses the monument is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved enclosed settlement which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement and agricultural practices. It is of particular importance because of the proximity of the fort at Springfield, to the S; together the monuments have the potential to increase our knowledge of the organisation and development of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 88 NE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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