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Hardcroft,hut circle and field system 220m south east of

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

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Latitude: 54.9425 / 54°56'33"N

Longitude: -4.8314 / 4°49'52"W

OS Eastings: 218740

OS Northings: 564544

OS Grid: NX187645

Mapcode National: GBR 41.ZPV5

Mapcode Global: WH2S9.R1J9

Entry Name: Hardcroft,hut circle and field system 220m SE of

Scheduled Date: 18 December 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4937

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 and field system of the Bronze Age or Iron Age situated near the march dyke with Balneil. The hut circle sits on a low knoll and measures 6.8m in diameter within a wall 1.2m thick and 0.3m high. The entrance is to the SE. Around it, particularly to the N and E are a large number of field clearance cairns measuring up to 5m in diameter and 0.6m high. Many have hollows in their centres resulting in their being originally identified as other hut circles.

The area to be scheduled includes the hut circle, most of the clearance cairns, and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use maybe found. It measures 100m WNW-ESE by a maximum of 80m transversely,bounded by, but excluding, the march dyke to the S and another dyketo the W, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved hut circle and field system of the Bronze Age or Iron Age which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area. It is of particular importance because of the survival of a number of similar sites in the vicinity; 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 monuments as NX 16 SE 30.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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