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Hardcroft,burnt mounds 1600m south east of

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

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Latitude: 54.9336 / 54°56'1"N

Longitude: -4.8161 / 4°48'57"W

OS Eastings: 219678

OS Northings: 563512

OS Grid: NX196635

Mapcode National: GBR GHHN.SV6

Mapcode Global: WH2S9.Z8S5

Entry Name: Hardcroft,burnt mounds 1600m SE of

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4940

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: New Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument consists of three burnt mounds, which may cover stone or timber structures, of the prehistoric or medieval periods. The N mound stands near a small stream in boggy ground. It is crescentic and measures 9m NNW-SSE by 6.5m transversely and 0.7m high. Its open side faces SW. About 30m to the SSE are two more burnt mounds on opposite sides of the small burn.

Both are crescentic, the E facing SW and the W facing E. The E mound measures 9m by 5m and 0.5m high;the W measures 8.5m by 6.5m and 0.7m high. The area to be scheduled includes the mounds and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found. It measures 80m NNW-SSE by 40m transversely, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as prehistoric or medieval burnt mounds which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric or medieval settlement in the area. It is of particular importance because of the survival of a number of other burnt mounds in the vicinity; the study of this group has the potential to increase greatly our knowledge of the organisation of the prehistoric and medieval landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monuments as NX 16 SE 111 and 112.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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