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Shielburn,settlement 350m north west of

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

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Latitude: 55.2168 / 55°13'0"N

Longitude: -3.1244 / 3°7'27"W

OS Eastings: 328557

OS Northings: 591969

OS Grid: NY285919

Mapcode National: GBR 68M3.CR

Mapcode Global: WH6X9.Z4BL

Entry Name: Shielburn,settlement 350m NW of

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1986

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4372

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Westerkirk

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a defended settlement of the Iron Age, comprising an area 48m (NNE-SSW) x 45m (ESE-WNW) within a single rampart up to 3m high on the W side and a ditch up to 12m wide on the outer edge of which is a counterscarp bank. There are traces of stonework on the west of the bank. The entrance is on the SE side. Within the defences are traces of a number of house scoops, possibly up to 8. It is located on a gentle slope of Sheil Hill. A modern dyke crosses the SE corner.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the themes of Iron Age settlement and defence. It is of particular importance as an exceptionally fine field monument and of interest for the stonework in the west part of the bank. Taken with the associated monuments at Bogle Walls and Bankhead Hill, and the fort at Castle O?er, the monument is important to themes of Iron Age economic and social structures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NY 29 SE 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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