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Dougarie Lodge,hut circles 800m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5946 / 55°35'40"N

Longitude: -5.3386 / 5°20'19"W

OS Eastings: 189737

OS Northings: 638500

OS Grid: NR897385

Mapcode National: GBR FF6X.TMH

Mapcode Global: WH1MM.YMZZ

Entry Name: Dougarie Lodge,hut circles 800m NE of

Scheduled Date: 30 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4417

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 is a group of four well preserved hut circles of the Bronze Age. They lie on a steep W facing slope above the Scaftigill water. Three of the circles (B-D) lie in a N to S line relatively close together on a level shelf. The fourth (A) lies 50m to the NNE, levelled into the hillside.

Hut circle A is 9.5m in overall diameter with a bank 1.5m wide and 0.6m high; evidence of internal and external stone facing survives. The entrance, on the SE side, has a small 4.5m wide annexe built onto it. Hut circles B, C and D are very similar to each other in size and layout, having a 9.5m diameter with a bank 1.5m wide and 0.7m high. Once again the banks have evidence of internal and external stone facing. The entrances are in the SE quadrants. There are no visible traces of contemporary cultivation around or between the hut circles but excavation has shown that scattered remains of activities associated with the occupation of the settlement are likely to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because the structural details of the hut circles seem very well preserved. The circles are very good examples of their type. They are of particular interest because of the layout of the settlement; one circle, built with an annexe, is detached from the other three which do not have annexes and lie close together. An opportunity clearly exists on this site to examine the differing functions of buildings and, possibly, differences in social position of groups within the settlement as expressed by differences in the siting of dwellings. The monument is of national importance to the themes of late prehistoric settlement and society. Taken with the hut circles to the S near Auchencar, they are of national importance to the themes of the development and organisation of the prehistoric landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the site as NR 83 NE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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