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Alum Dam, Overton

Enclosure(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Alum Dam, Overton

Classification Enclosure(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Waterside Cottage

Canmore ID 41364

Site Number NS27SE 4

NGR NS 2667 7457

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Inverclyde
  • Parish Greenock
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Inverclyde
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Archaeology Notes

NS27SE 4 26678 74574

(NS 2667 7457) Enclosure (NR)

OS 1:10000 map (1980).

Location formerly entered as NS 2667 7457.

NS 266 747. There is a hut circle at Alum Dam, 30ft in diameter within a heavily-built turf-and-stone wall between 4ft and 7ft thick, with a 5ft entrance in the E.

F Newall 1957; F Newall 1964.

At NS 2667 7457 is a hut circle or enclosure corresponding roughly to Newall's description. It measures 11.0m E-W by 10.0m transversely, formed by a turf bank showing some stone, 2.5m in maximum width. This bank has an internal maximum height of 0.4m and an external maximum height of 0.3m. The entrance, 2.0m wide, is in the E.

Visited by OS (WDJ), 2 November 1964.

Assuming that the above site is No.3 on Newall's plan he indicates a second hut (No.4) a short distance SE, and a third (No.2) to SW, about half-way towards Loch Thom. They do not appear to be recorded elsewhere, though No.2 may be alluding to NS27SE 48. The scale of Newall's plan is too small to give more precise location.

By analogy with sites at Martin Glen (NS26NW 9) and Rottenburn (NS26NE 14), Newall considers that these "hut circles" are probably of Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age date.

F Newall 1976.

Scheduled as 'Waterside Cottage, hut circle 230m S of... the remains of a hut circle... visible as a well-defined circular earthwork... in an area of rough grazing on a NW-facing terrace at around 215m above sea level.'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 1 March 2011.

Enclosure [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, March 2011.

Waterside Cottage (NS27SE 139) is at NS 26647 74801.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 21 March 2011.


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