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Craigbirnoch,clearance cairns 600m east of

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

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Latitude: 54.9814 / 54°58'53"N

Longitude: -4.8498 / 4°50'59"W

OS Eastings: 217738

OS Northings: 568919

OS Grid: NX177689

Mapcode National: GBR 40.XCL3

Mapcode Global: WH2S3.G1TZ

Entry Name: Craigbirnoch,clearance cairns 600m E of

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4946

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field clearance cairn, cairnfield

Location: New Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument consists of at least eighteen field clearance cairns, between which may survive the remains of timber structures, of the late Neolithic or Bronze Age. Most are less than 3m in diameter but one measures 6.5m in diameter and 0.5m high. The area to be scheduled includes the cairns and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found. It measures 150m ENE-WSW by 100m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as field clearance cairns of the late Neolithic or Bronze Age which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement and agriculture in the area. It is of particular importance because of the survival of a number of monuments of similar date in the area; 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 monument as NX 16 NE 91.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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