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Wester Yardhouses, hut-circle 470m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.7345 / 55°44'4"N

Longitude: -3.5847 / 3°35'4"W

OS Eastings: 300589

OS Northings: 650149

OS Grid: NT005501

Mapcode National: GBR 32D4.Q5

Mapcode Global: WH5SF.X455

Entry Name: Wester Yardhouses, hut-circle 470m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 22 February 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11233

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Carnwath

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument is a hut circle - the remains of a Bronze Age or Iron Age house - visible as an upstanding feature lying in wet ground within pasture land, at 280m OD.

It measures 12m in external diameter and 7m in internal diameter. The bank is c. 0.2m high. There is an entrance 1.5m wide on the W. Hut circles are the wall-footings of often complex prehistoric houses. Within them are frequently preserved the burnt remains of structural timbers, cereals or animal bone, that can provide information about the way people lived in the past.

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 35m in diameter as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of upland prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NT05SW20, enclosed cremation cemetery (possible).

Aerial photographs:

NT05SW20 1990 Wester Yardhouses - Hare Law B46596

NT05SW20 1996 Wester Yardhouses - Hare Law C55626

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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