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Earthwork(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Parkmill

Classification Earthwork(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 42710

Site Number NS42NW 10

NGR NS 4425 2693

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Tarbolton
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS42NW 10 4425 2693.

(NS 4425 2693) Roman Trenches (R)

OS 25" map (1856)

Earthworks (NAT)

OS 6" map (1911)

At Parkmoor, there is a place called the Roman Camp, where trenches are to be seen (NSA 1845). These ditches, which Dr Steer considers to be merely hollow tracks, and not antiquities, are fully described and illustrated by Smith (1895).

Information from K A Steer (RCAHMS) letter, 13 October 1953.

This series of hollows are all quite irregular and their archaeological significance is doubtful. No further information obtained.

Visited by OS (JLD) 14 May 1954

This irregular series of artificially-cut ditches run roughly parallel in a SE-NW direction down a gently W-facing and wooded slope at c70m OD. They are closely spaced, mostly V-shaped, and range from 0.5m to 2.0m in depth with little evidence of upcast banking. Some conjoin to form wider channels which fade at the steeper slopes above the water of Fail. Having no obvious archaeological function, the ditches are not a prominent landmark, and do not form an ornamental terrace system. They mostly retain a sharp profile, suggesting a late date, and may be of some minor industrial usage.

Visited by OS (JRL) 18 November 1980.


Field Visit (18 August 1952)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.


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