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Trowdale Mote

Earthwork (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Trowdale Mote

Classification Earthwork (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 64560

Site Number NX76NE 1

NGR NX 7589 6903

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Crossmichael
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Stewartry
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX76NE 1 7589 6903.

(NX 7589 6903) Mote (NR)

OS 6" map (1958)

A rath (R W Feachem 1956), Trowdale Mote, consisting of a circular mound 56' in diameter in low-lying swampy ground and hardly rising above the general level. It is surrounded by two concentric ditches separated by a low mound. The inner ditch measures about 28' wide, and the intervening mound 18' and the outer ditch about 13'. Both ditches appear to have held water, and probably still do in wet weather. From the east, a bank about 10' wide crosses the inner ditch as if forming an approach to the central mound. A broad gap in the mound that separates the ditches towards the SE is probably secondary for drainage purposes and other smaller breaks may be for letting water in or out. Around the central mound the heads of larger stones protrude, suggesting that there has been some building. On the north and east the lines have been somewhat confused by the cutting of drains.

RCAHMS 1914, visited 1911; F R Coles 1892

The remains of this earthwork are generally as described by RCAHMS. The bank cutting across the inner ditch from the east is only just discernible beneath reeds and rushes and is not worthy of survey. There is no sight of the large stones surrounding the central mound.

Revised at 25".

Visited by OS (WDJ) 11 July 1968

This earthwork is plotted on a distribution map of henge monuments and penannular ring-ditches covering southern Scotland (RCAHMS 1997, 116, fig. 111).

Information from RCAHMS (ARG) 30 September 1997.


Field Visit (3 August 1953)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project.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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