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Knockdon, enclosure 700m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.2793 / 55°16'45"N

Longitude: -4.4614 / 4°27'40"W

OS Eastings: 243756

OS Northings: 601116

OS Grid: NS437011

Mapcode National: GBR 4H.9K2R

Mapcode Global: WH3RW.FKSN

Entry Name: Knockdon, enclosure 700m NE of

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7491

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Straiton

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument comprises a prehistoric enclosure which is situated in rough grazing 700m NE of Knockdon Farm

The enclosure is oval in shape, consisting of a stony bank up to 1.5m high and 2.6m wide, surrounding an area approximately 16m by 14.6m internally. There is a gap in the bank on the ESE, probably representing the original entrance. The enclosure probably dates to the later prehistoric period (about 2000-3000 years ago) and would not have been roofed over as a single building, but would, rather, have sheltered smaller roofed buildings.

The area to be scheduled is circular and measures 45m in diameter to include the enclosure and an area around in which associated remains are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of a type of later prehistoric enclosed settlement which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of later prehistoric domestic life and settlement architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 40 SW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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