NS3678 : Round enclosure on Carman Muir

taken 13 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Round enclosure on Carman Muir
Round enclosure on Carman Muir
The foreground of this photo shows the interior of a feature that was originally reported as a hut circle; however, as described in the end-note, it was later considered more likely that this had been an animal enclosure. The line of its wall enters the photo near the lower left corner, curving towards a point about halfway up the right-hand edge. See the WoSAS link in the end-note for further details.

For another view, see NS3678 : Round enclosure on Carman Muir.

When the present photograph was taken, twelve years after the WoSAS report, exposed stones could no longer be seen in the boundary wall, but the circular course of the wall was still quite clearly visible. In the background of the photo, on the right-hand side, is Carman Hill, where an ancient hill-fort ( Link ) is located; that fort also contains some hut circle sites ( Link ). The book "Archaeology Around Glasgow" (by Susan Hothersall) discusses the fort itself, but then goes on to mention a number of other sites nearby, including this one:

"The fort has not been excavated. A number of round and oval cairns (NS368 787 and NS366 785), and a possible hut circle (NS3696 7858) have been identified on lower ground to the south-west of the fort, but these too have remained untouched by archaeologists; they may be evidence of agriculture or settlement of an earlier period."

As well as the "possible hut circle" (that is, the one shown in the present picture, later re-evaluated as more probably having been an animal enclosure), the above excerpt from the book mentions round and oval cairns in two locations; see Link (for a group of three cairns at the first location), and Link (for a single cairn at the second location).

The possible hut circle is not apparent in satellite imagery; a nearby, almost-round, green feature can be seen in those images, but it is not this one: it is shown separately in NS3778 : Circular feature on Carman Muir.
Circular enclosure on Carman Muir

A low, indistinct, circular bank, about 14 metres in diameter, outlines this feature, which is difficult to pick out on the ground. It was originally reported as a hut circle, but a later opinion (see comments from 2014 in LinkExternal link at WoSAS) is that it had probably been an animal enclosure. See LinkExternal link for a satellite view centred on this feature (which is, depending on the date of the images, either invisible or barely visible in satellite imagery).

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 23 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 1 July, 2009
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Carman Muir 
Hut circle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3698 7857 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3417N 4:36.8294W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3698 7857
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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