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Mote Hill,barrow 300m NNW of Coalpots Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Girvan and South Carrick, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.2364 / 55°14'11"N

Longitude: -4.8496 / 4°50'58"W

OS Eastings: 218906

OS Northings: 597285

OS Grid: NX189972

Mapcode National: GBR 40.D5MQ

Mapcode Global: WH2QR.GNW1

Entry Name: Mote Hill,barrow 300m NNW of Coalpots Bridge

Scheduled Date: 11 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5602

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Girvan

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the cropmark remains of an enclosure, probably a prehistoric burial site, on a rounded knoll which is now encircled by Mote Hill Road and a modern housing estate.

The enclosure is formed by a ditch, which is continuous, is about 5m broad and surrounds an area about 35m in diameter. When the site was levelled 'a quantity of human bones' was found and the most likely explanation is that this is a large round barrow, the scale of which suggests it may even be late Neolithic in date. It is only visible from the air, as a mark caused by differential growth, but experience has shown that such sites may contain important archaeological

evidence in and below the agricultural soil.

The area to be scheduled measures 90m from N to S by 80m

transversely, as defined by the inner circuit of the Mote Hill Road, to include the barrow and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it represents the sole remains of what was probably an unusually large round barrow, for which no immediate local parallels can be cited. Although now levelled, the monument still has the potential to produce evidence for its function, form and date and hence to provide information about the nature and development of late Neolithic or Bronze Age burial and ritual practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX19NE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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