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Hoghill,settlements 250m ENE & 500m NNE of

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

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Latitude: 55.1981 / 55°11'52"N

Longitude: -2.9841 / 2°59'2"W

OS Eastings: 337453

OS Northings: 589751

OS Grid: NY374897

Mapcode National: GBR 78LB.RG

Mapcode Global: WH7YJ.4L7Y

Entry Name: Hoghill,settlements 250m ENE & 500m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4400

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Ewes

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monuments are two settlements of the Iron Age. The northern one is scooped into the SW flank of Loch Hill. Its perimeter is defined by a stony bank on the S side and a scarp on the N side. Overall it measures 47m NW-SE by 37m and the bank stands up to 0.4m internally. There is a slight platform on the NE side (uphill) which may reflect the position of one or more timber houses. In its setting and state of preservation this monument is an excellent example of its kind.

A settlement of different type and probably of more defensive aspect lies on the summit of Loch Hill.

The southern of the two settlements is broadly similar, although its design reflects the less steep slope on which it lies. It measures 48m x 38m within a stony bank up to 3.2m in thickness and 0.6m in height. Four possible house platforms survive in the interior.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The two settlements are of national importance to the theme of Iron Age settlement; information of considerable significance may survive in the uneroded interiors. The proximity of the two settlements is of national importance to the theme of the organisation of the Iron Age landscape; the two are probably broadly contemporary and the opportunity will be preserved to study the way in which they related to each other. The relationship to the Iron Age settlement on the summit of Loch Hill is also of national importance to the theme of development of defence and associated changes in society in the Iron Age; the settlement on the summit is clearly defensive while these two settlements are not.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NY38NE 10 and 15.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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