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Tormore, hut circles 700m and 760m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.528 / 55°31'40"N

Longitude: -5.335 / 5°20'6"W

OS Eastings: 189607

OS Northings: 631082

OS Grid: NR896310

Mapcode National: GBR FG63.91D

Mapcode Global: WH1N1.0BS0

Entry Name: Tormore, hut circles 700m and 760m E of

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1977

Last Amended: 17 October 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3978

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Kilmory

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of two prehistoric hut circles, situated about 100m apart in a clearing within a conifer plantation. Hut circles are the remains of timber round-houses and, where they survive as unenclosed settlements such as this, they are predominantly Bronze Age and early Iron Age in date (about 1500 to 500 BC). The monument was originally scheduled in 1977, but the area covered by the designation did not relate accurately to the remains on the ground. The current rescheduling rectifies this.

The easternmost hut circle measures about 9.5m in diameter, within a heather-covered stony bank about 2.5m in thickness and 0.8m in height. An arc of contemporary field bank approaches the hut circle from the S and curves around the W and N, appearing to terminate at a clearance cairn immediately to the NE of the site. The westernmost hut circle measures about 7.5m in diameter within a heather-covered stony bank.

The area to be scheduled comprises two distinct areas, both circular on plan. That to the E measures a maximum of 30m in diameter, while that to the W measures a maximum of 22m in diameter, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our understanding of prehistoric settlement, society and economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NR 83 SE 21.

Reference:

Barber, J. (ed) (1997) The Archaeological Investigation of a Prehistoric Landscape: excavations on Arran, 1978-1981.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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