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Old Irvine,settlement 600m NNW of

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

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Latitude: 55.1248 / 55°7'29"N

Longitude: -2.9976 / 2°59'51"W

OS Eastings: 336480

OS Northings: 581613

OS Grid: NY364816

Mapcode National: GBR 79H5.TP

Mapcode Global: WH7YW.XGR3

Entry Name: Old Irvine,settlement 600m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4406

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Langholm

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a settlement situated on the SE flank of Burian Hill. On plan it is oblong with rounded ends, and measures some 58m NW-SE by 34m transversely within a low stony bank, which is evident only on the NE and SE sides. The interior has been dug down into the hillside and has been divided into two areas of unequal size and different level. There has been an entrance into the upper level from the NE and possibly another into the lower level from the SE. The back scarp of the settlement is 2m high. To the NW and SE are traces, much mutilated by later rig and furrow, of a contemporary field system.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a well preserved settlement of the later prehistoric period, with rare field system remains associated with it. The monument is of national importance to the themes of later prehistoric settlement and economy. The monument is of particular interest because the construction of the settlement on two such distinct levels can be paralleled elsewhere and may indicate separation of functions.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NY 38 SE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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