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Moodlaw,settlement 600m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.2948 / 55°17'41"N

Longitude: -3.1735 / 3°10'24"W

OS Eastings: 325583

OS Northings: 600706

OS Grid: NT255007

Mapcode National: GBR 6786.RR

Mapcode Global: WH6WX.752R

Entry Name: Moodlaw,settlement 600m S of

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4721

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Eskdalemuir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a well preserved enclosed settlement of the Iron Age, situated on a terrace of the Moodlaw Burn. It is circular and measures 36m in diameter within a stony bank up to 3.6m across and 0.7m high. It is slightly scooped into the hillside. On the uphill side there are clear traces of a second, outer, bank.

The entrance is carefully positioned on the W, facing the step drop into the Moodlaw Burn valley; access to the entrance is reached by a narrow terrace running around the base of the settlement bank; access to the entrance was therefore controlled, indicating some subtlety in the design of the site.

The area to be scheduled measures 80m in diameter to include the settlement and a small area around it in which traces of activities associated with its use will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved Iron Age enclosure which has the potential to enhance our understanding of Iron Age settlement. It is of particular interest because of the defensive features preserved here which do not seem to exist on settlements of similar age in the rest of the valley. Taken with these other sites this monument has the potential to increase our knowledge of the organisation and development of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 20 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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