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Craigbirnoch,hut circle and clearance cairns 1200m north east of

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

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Latitude: 54.9883 / 54°59'17"N

Longitude: -4.8471 / 4°50'49"W

OS Eastings: 217939

OS Northings: 569672

OS Grid: NX179696

Mapcode National: GBR 41.WS6Y

Mapcode Global: WH2RX.JW29

Entry Name: Craigbirnoch,hut circle and clearance cairns 1200m NE of

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4957

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 associated clearance cairns of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age. The hut circle, situated on top of a knoll to the W of the Cross Water of Luce, measures 8.9m in diameter internally, within a wall 2m thick and 0.4m high. Its entrance is to the SE. On the S and W slopes of the knoll are at least eight field clearance cairns.

The area to be scheduled includes the hut circle, clearance cairns, and an area around them within which traces of activity associated with their use may be found, measuring a maximum of 160m NW-SE by a maximum of 130m transversely, as marked in red on the attached map. The NW and NE sides of the area are defined by the track to Pultadie Farm and a modern boundary fence respectively; both track and fence are specifically excluded from the scheduled area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a hut circle and field clearance cairns of the later Bronze Age or Iron Age which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement in the area. It is of particular importance because of the survival of many other sites of similar date 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 monument as NX 16 NE 94.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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