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West Challoch

Building (Mesolithic)

Site Name West Challoch

Classification Building (Mesolithic)

Canmore ID 352782

Site Number NX15NE 165

NGR NX 15964 57038

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Old Luce
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire


Archaeological Evaluation (13 August 2012 - March 2014)

An archaeological evaluation was carried out by GUARD Archaeology Ltd along the line proposed for the A75 Dunragit Bypass. The trial trench evaluation of over 10 % of the 7.4 km development area identified eleven main areas of potential archaeological significance. These eleven sites will be investigated further in advance of the construction phase of works.

After investigation of the eleven areas it was that this was a landscape dominated by prehistoric activity ranging from the Mesolithic through to the Iron Age. Discoveries included a Mesolithic House structure, a Bronze Age Cemetery complex with small barrows and urn cremations, multiple burnt mounds and an unenclosed Iron Age settlement of round-houses.

Further investigations during the construction phase revealed more evidence of prehistoric activity across this area of the Galloway coastline. Further funerary activity was discovered in the form of stone-lined pits with cairns and grave goods including jet beads and decorated prehistoric ceramic vessels. Further Mesolithic structures and a flint scatter totaling in excess of 13,500 pieces of lithic were also discovered.

Information from GUARD Archaeology Ltd.


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