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Shalloch Hill,palisaded enclosure 350m south of Shallochpark

A Scheduled Monument in Girvan and South Carrick, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.2228 / 55°13'22"N

Longitude: -4.8555 / 4°51'19"W

OS Eastings: 218471

OS Northings: 595785

OS Grid: NX184957

Mapcode National: GBR 40.F47Z

Mapcode Global: WH2QR.DZ3H

Entry Name: Shalloch Hill,palisaded enclosure 350m S of Shallochpark

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5487

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: palisaded enclosure

Location: Girvan

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the cropmark remains of a palisaded enclosure on the rounded summit of Shalloch Hill.

The enclosure, which has a maximum internal diameter of 60m, is roughly circular, but the course of the palisade trench appears to incorporate a number of straight sections. Known only from one aerial photograph, the enclosure's entrance has yet to be noted. There are no surface indications of the enclosure, but experience

shows that such sites may contain important archaeological and structural remains. The area to be scheduled measures 110m in diameter to include the enclosure and an area around it, in which associated remains may be expected to 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 remains of a form of enclosure for which upstanding examples have not been noted in this area of Scotland. The incorporation of straight sections within the palisade is unusual and may be significant, in so far as several excavated polygonal palisaded enclosures, such as Doon Hill, have proved to be Early Historic in date. This monument therefore has the potential to provide information about the nature, economy and structure of prehistoric, if not later, society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NX 19 NE 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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