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Machrie Farm,hut circles 1050m and 1200m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.5596 / 55°33'34"N

Longitude: -5.317 / 5°19'1"W

OS Eastings: 190915

OS Northings: 634538

OS Grid: NR909345

Mapcode National: GBR FG70.RBB

Mapcode Global: WH1MV.9JCB

Entry Name: Machrie Farm,hut circles 1050m and 1200m NE of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4418

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Kilmory

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire


The monuments are hut circles (turf and stone walls or wall footings of timber houses) of the Bronze Age. Recent excavations of these monuments on Arran have shown that the houses were of considerable structural sophistication and can individually have been in use over several hundred years. Much valuable information on the lifestyle and economy of the prehistoric population can be preserved in and around them. The three circles lie on open moorland, although they are soon to be surrounded by forestry plantation. Fragments of a contemporary field system lie around them. Two of the circles (1 and 2) lie 40m apart; the third (3) lies 150m to the NE. Hut circle 1 measures 15.5m in overall diameter with an entrance 2m wide in the E. The walling is spread to 2.5m and survives to a height of 0.5m. Hut circle 2 measures 14.0m (NW-SE) x 11.5m over heather covered walling spread to 2.5m and standing to a height of 0.6m. There is an entrance 2m wide in the SE. A recent field drain cuts through the hut circle on the NE and SW. About 6.5m from the entrance is a curving bank acting as a shelter or annexe. It is wasted at its ends and measures 2m wide and 0.4m high. Hut circle 3 measures 11m in overall diameter. The bank is spread to 2.5m and is 0.6m high. There is no entrance visible.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monuments are of national importance because of their field characteristics; despite minor mutilations they are well preserved. They are of national importance to the themes of prehistoric settlement and economy. In relation to the hut circles to the N and S, they are of national importance to the theme of the organisation and development of the prehistoric rural landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monuments as NR 93 SW 60 and 68.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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