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Sorbie,cultivation terraces 450m north west of

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

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Latitude: 55.205 / 55°12'17"N

Longitude: -2.9997 / 2°59'59"W

OS Eastings: 336471

OS Northings: 590535

OS Grid: NY364905

Mapcode National: GBR 78H7.CZ

Mapcode Global: WH7YH.WFQN

Entry Name: Sorbie,cultivation terraces 450m NW of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4410

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: cultivation terraces

Location: Ewes

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a set of seven very pronounced cultivation terraces of medieval date. They lie on the SE facing slope of Parson?s Rig. They cover an area of 1.5 hectares, extended up to 140m in length and range from 5m to 20m in width, with scarps up to 1.2m high. It has been suggested that the terraces are associated with a system of rig and furrow cultivation around. It seems more likely that the terraces predate it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

Cultivation terraces are not common in the area. This monument, together with the terraces at Calkin are of national importance to the theme of Medieval settlement and economy. It is likely that they represent an earlier stage of cultivation than the rig and furrow systems associated rectangular platform buildings. The terraces are therefore of national importance to the theme of the development of Medieval agriculture. The terraces will cover part of the contemporary old land surface; study of this will be of national importance to the theme of medieval land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NY 39 SE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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