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Dun Fionn,fort & cultivation terraces 600m NNE of Clauchlands

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5587 / 55°33'31"N

Longitude: -5.0989 / 5°5'56"W

OS Eastings: 204658

OS Northings: 633803

OS Grid: NS046338

Mapcode National: GBR FGS0.P6C

Mapcode Global: WH1MY.NK50

Entry Name: Dun Fionn,fort & cultivation terraces 600m NNE of Clauchlands

Scheduled Date: 4 September 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4710

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: cultivation terraces

Location: Kilbride

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a small fort and at least four cultivation terraces, situated, respectively, on the summit, and on the southern slope, of Dun Fionn. The fort measures 30m E-W by 10m transversely within a well defined earth and stone rampart c 0.6m high and 3m across. The remains of a circular house scoop are visible at the W end of the enclosure.

There is a small annex at the E end, measuring c 14m by 10m, with the traces of a defensive ditch beyond. The terraces measure between 4m and 15m across. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 190m NW-SE by 130m transversely, to include the fort and the terraces, and an area around, in which traces of activities associated with the use of the fort and terraces will survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance; first because the well preserved small fort has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric settlement on Arran. Second, the cultivation terraces have the potential to increase considerably our knowledge of early farming practices; the terraces are of particular importance because so few examples survive in this part of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NS 03 SW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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