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Craighead, platform settlement 1200m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.4987 / 55°29'55"N

Longitude: -3.738 / 3°44'16"W

OS Eastings: 290307

OS Northings: 624145

OS Grid: NS903241

Mapcode National: GBR 24BV.JP

Mapcode Global: WH5TJ.K17X

Entry Name: Craighead, platform settlement 1200m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 28 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4485

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: platform settlement

Location: Crawfordjohn

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument is a prehistoric settlement consisting of 11 platforms, scooped into the hillside, on which would have stood round houses. The area to be scheduled is quadrilateral. Its W side, which runs NS, is 185m long and passes through the NE corner of the fence enclosing improved ground beside the Duneaton Water; its S side, which runs EW, is 200m long; its E side, which runs NS, is 100m long, and its N side completes the quadrilateral, all as delineated in red on the attached plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved example of an unenclosed platform settlement of presumed later prehistoric date. its significance is increased by the presence of a range of other such settlement in the vicinity, giving the possibility of comparison between the sites.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




RCAHMS, Lanarkshire, No. 183.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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