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High Airyolland, burnt mounds 430m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9208 / 54°55'14"N

Longitude: -4.8817 / 4°52'54"W

OS Eastings: 215417

OS Northings: 562261

OS Grid: NX154622

Mapcode National: GBR GHBP.SRW

Mapcode Global: WH2S8.ZKKZ

Entry Name: High Airyolland, burnt mounds 430m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 5 October 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7521

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: New Luce

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument comprises two burnt mounds of prehistoric date, visible as upstanding mounds.

The monument lies in rough pasture at around 90m OD. It comprises two burnt mounds on opposite sides of a burn. The larger mound is to the NW and measures about 15m NE-SW by 7m transversely by about 0.4m in height. It has a hollow in the SW end measuring about 5m NNE-SSW by 3m transversely which opens onto the burn to the SE. A sheep rub has revealed that this mound is densely packed with burnt stones. The second mound, to the SE of the burn, is D-shaped and measures about 9m E-W by about 4.2m transversely, standing to a height of about 0.4m.

A burnt mound represents the waste from a cooking technique whereby heated stones are placed into a tank of water to bring the water to the boil, resulting in the burning and shattering of the stones. There are usually associated hearths, shelters and other remains.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is rectangular, measuring 45m approximately NE-SW by 40m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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