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Bannockburn West

Pit Defined Cursus (Neolithic)

Site Name Bannockburn West

Classification Pit Defined Cursus (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Bannockburn 2

Canmore ID 47257

Site Number NS89SW 24

NGR NS 81617 90150

NGR Description Centre

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish St Ninians
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS89SW 24 8159 9016 to 8167 9012

See also NS89SW 22.

NS 816 902. Excavation took place in October and November 1984 and April and May 1995 on two cropmark sites along a low ridge to the south of the Cowie Road, threatened by road construction and housing development.

About 15m to the west (of NS89SW 22) lay the slightly curved end of another enclosure symmetrically opposing the curved end of the pit enclosure (NS89SW 22). The second enclosure was about 26m across and was formed by posts spaced at c1m intervals. The south side extended westwards for c95m before it was destroyed by ploughing, whilst the north side survived for 30m. A series of 5m squares placed inside the enclosure located only a filled in stream bed c20m south of the post enclosure.

Sponsor: HBM, CEU.

N Tavener 1985.

This is plotted as a cursus monument on a distribution map of Neolithic monuments covering southern Scotland.

Information from RCAHMS (ARG), 3 April 1998.

RCAHMS 1994; RCAHMS 1997.

Excavations undertaken in 1984 and 1985 on cropmark sites identified as pit and post alignments revealed a bow-ended pit-defined enclosure (NS89SW 22) dated to late fifth to mid fourth millenium cal BC, a post defined enclosure dated to the mid fourth to early third millenium cal BC (NS89SW 24), and possible domestic activity. The pits of the enclosure showed up to three phases of use with deposits containing Carinated Bowl-type pottery in the later phases. Medieval or post medieval rig and furrow overlay the site and a small assemblage of medieval pottery is also described.

The project was funded by Historic Scotland.

J S Rideout 1997.


Field Visit (September 1978)

Bannockburn 2 NS 816 901 NS89SW

These crop-marks consist of two linear features running from SE to NW, where they appear to be converging.

RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978

Aerial Photographic Transcription (25 January 1995 - 2 February 1995)

An aerial transcription was produced from oblique aerial photographs. Information from Historic Environment Scotland (BM) 31 March 2017.

Note (7 December 2022)

The location, classification and period of this site have been reviewed and changed from PIT DEFINED CURSUS (NEOLITHIC), UNIDENTIFIED POTTERY (NEOLITHIC).


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