NS3779 : Carman Hill-fort: line of outer enclosure

near to Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Carman Hill-fort: line of outer enclosure
Carman Hill-fort: line of outer enclosure
This is the second in a series of ten linked items showing the structure of an ancient hill-fort on Carman Hill (for an in-depth discussion of its history, see LinkExternal link ).

Like the previous item in this series, this photo shows part of the wall of the outer enclosure of the hill-fort, as indicated by the receding line of boulders in the foreground; this photo was taken near the south-western corner of the wall.

[See the end-note for a link to an annotated satellite view. The present photograph corresponds to the westernmost dotted yellow marker.]

Carman Reservoir is visible in the middle distance. In the background, the double peak of Dumbarton Rock (a volcanic plug, NS3974) can be seen on the near shore of the River Clyde; the distant tower blocks visible near the left-hand edge of the photo are in Bellsmyre (NS4076), with the escarpment of the Kilpatrick Hills behind them.

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Carman Hill-fort
This large hill-fort was identified in 1954 from aerial photographs, and is thought to date from the Early Historic period: see LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view, and LinkExternal link for other antiquities nearby. The fort lies within what was once the territory of the Damnonii and (later) of the British kingdom of Alt Clut, whose fortress was at Dumbarton Rock: LinkExternal link
Carman Reservoir :: NS3778
The reservoir, which was officially opened in 1886, is now disused; there is a trout fishery based alongside it. Carman Reservoir was created by damming and enlarging an existing Carman Loch, which was itself artificial: the loch had been created in connection with the nearby Millburn Works; it was also occasionally used for curling.
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Monday, 1 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 10 June, 2009
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Early Historic 
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Carman Hill 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3712 7941 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.7969N 4:36.7254W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3710 7943
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