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Wester Yardhouses, hut-circles and cairns 270m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.7363 / 55°44'10"N

Longitude: -3.5883 / 3°35'17"W

OS Eastings: 300368

OS Northings: 650358

OS Grid: NT003503

Mapcode National: GBR 32C3.YJ

Mapcode Global: WH5SF.V2GS

Entry Name: Wester Yardhouses, hut-circles and cairns 270m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 22 February 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11236

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (

Location: Carnwath

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument comprises at least two hut circles of prehistoric date, visible as upstanding features. lying in gently sloping pasture, at 270m OD.

Hut circle 1 (NT 00362 50340) measures 6m in external diameter and has a sunken floor. The walls measure up to 0.3.m in height. Hut circle 2 (NT 00386 50339) is oval, with a maximum external diameter of 6m and walls measuring up to 0.25m in height. There are two scoops c. 5m in diameter, with possible walls, which may represent the remains of other hut circles. Other scooped areas mark probable quarry pits. Hut circles are characteristic of Bronze and Iron Age settlement sites and represent the remains of timber-roofed roundhouses. The cairns in the same field may be the remains of prehistoric field clearance.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which features related to the construction and use of the visible features may be expected to be found. The scheduling is bounded on the E by the road leading to Wester Yardhouses, except for the NE corner of the field, which is excluded from the scheduling. The scheduling is bounded on the N by the field boundary and on the S by the edge of the wood. The area is irregular in shape and measures 110m from its north-westmost point to its south-eastmost, and 110m from its north-eastmost to its south-westmost points, 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 and by the relative rarity of such prehistoric settlement remains.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NT05SW33, Wester Yardhouses: Hut-Circle; Hut-Circle (Possible); Small Cairns; Quarry-Pits.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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