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Shaw Hill,cultivation terraces 450m north east of Coulter Shaw

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.5897 / 55°35'22"N

Longitude: -3.5232 / 3°31'23"W

OS Eastings: 304098

OS Northings: 633944

OS Grid: NT040339

Mapcode National: GBR 33VT.12

Mapcode Global: WH5T1.VRHR

Entry Name: Shaw Hill,cultivation terraces 450m NE of Coulter Shaw

Scheduled Date: 24 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4503

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: cultivation terraces

Location: Culter

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument consists of a series of cultivation terraces, produced during early agricultural activity. The terraces, which lie on the SE-facing slope of Shaw Hill, are from 2m to 6m broad and each is up to 1m high. The area to be scheduled is a maximum of 400m long along the slope (from SW to NE) and 100m broad (from NW to SE).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for three distinct reasons. It is a very fine field monument, being a typical and well-preserved set of cultivation terraces which underlie a later agricultural system indicated by narrow rig cultivation. Secondly, this superimposition of agricultural systems allows a rare opportunity to consider the relative dating of agricultural systems. Thirdly, there is, enclosed within the area proposed for scheduling, a waterlogged area which should preserve evidence for the agricultural practices associated with the creation of the two phases of field evidence.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NT 03 SW 13.


Graham A 1939, 'Cultivation terraces in south-eastern Scotland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, 314, Vol. 73.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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