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Cairnerzean,hut circle 1900m WSW of

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

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Latitude: 54.9609 / 54°57'39"N

Longitude: -4.9245 / 4°55'28"W

OS Eastings: 212863

OS Northings: 566837

OS Grid: NX128668

Mapcode National: GBR GH6L.R2C

Mapcode Global: WH2S2.BK7Q

Entry Name: Cairnerzean,hut circle 1900m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5133

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Inch

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


This monument consists of a circular foundation approximately 10m in diameter and lies at the confluence of two burns at the N end of the ridge to the W of Cairnerzean Fell. It is covered with coarse grass and has been partly damaged by tractor tracks proceding up to the


The area proposed for scheduling is a 30m square centred on the hut circle, to include both it and an area around, in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive. The area is marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because it is one of a group of hut circles on marginal land to the W of Cairnerzean Fell which are at least partially covered with peat which will preserve buried soils and floor surfaces, giving evidence, accessible to excavation, for the date of retreat of settlement from this marginal land.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 16 NW 56.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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