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North Shortcleuch,platform settlement 1000m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.4401 / 55°26'24"N

Longitude: -3.6803 / 3°40'49"W

OS Eastings: 293791

OS Northings: 617534

OS Grid: NS937175

Mapcode National: GBR 25RJ.0P

Mapcode Global: WH5TR.FJPC

Entry Name: North Shortcleuch,platform settlement 1000m E of

Scheduled Date: 31 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4516

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: platform settlement

Location: Crawford

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument consists of an area of hillside on which are located four well-preserved, and at least eight poorly-preserved, scooped platforms representing the sites of prehistoric houses. Also included are at least twelve small cairns on the flatter ground below the settlement. The area to be scheduled is of irregular shape, bounded

on the S by the fenceline of the Elvanfoot-Leadhills road and otherwise as delineated in red on the attached plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a typical example of a larger unenclosed platform settlement. Although it has undergone some limited agricultural damage, enough of the monument is well-preserved to justify scheduling of the whole. Of particular interest is the juxtaposition of a group of clearance cairns on flat ground below the settlement, and these are included as being of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NS91NW 6.0.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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