Site Type MOTTE
Canmore ID 61979
Site Number NX18NW 3
NGR NX 1336 8952
Council SOUTH AYRSHIRE
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District KYLE AND CARRICK
Former County AYRSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
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|Notes and Activities|
NX18NW 3 1336 8952.
(NX 1336 8952) Carleton Mote (NR)
OS 6" map (1957)
A motte - a nearly circular mound ranging in height from 6ft on the NE to 22ft on the SW, with a 20ft wide ditch round the base. Except on the north quadrant, the ditch has been completely obliterated by road making or cultivation, and the surviving portion, which is nowhere more than 1ft deep, is being rapidly ploughed away. Some slight indications of an upcast bank exist on the outer lip of the ditch on the NE side, but as it swings northwards the bank merges with the general slope of the hill and is lost. The top of the motte is level and void on plan measuring about 76ft in maximum length by 56ft broad. It is turf-covered, and shows no features of interest.
J Smith 1895; RCAHMS TS, 8 September 1955
A motte generally as described by the previous authorities. The top is divided by a slight scarp 0.3m high. The name 'Carleton Mote' is not used locally.
Resurveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (JLD) 11 November 1955 and (RD) 10 December 1970
No change from previous field reports.
Visited by OS (JRL) 22 March 1977
Visible on a CUCAP aerial photograph.
(Undated) information in NMRS.
This motte stands to a height of 5.5m on the WNW but only 2.3m on the ENE; its level summit measures 23.5m ENE-WSW by 19m transversely.
Around the base, on the N and E, there are the remains of a ditch 7m broad and up to 0.5m deep.
RCAHMS 1981, visited 1981.
|8 September 1955||FIELD VISIT|
Project Marginal Land Survey
Project Marginal Land Survey
Notes This site is noted in the ‘List of monuments discovered during the survey of marginal land (1951-5)’ (RCAHMS 1957, xiv-xviii). The 274 monuments were listed by county, parish, classification and name, and the list included an indication of whether they had been planned (P), whether they were visible only as a cropmark (C), and whether they were worthy of preservation (*).
Pencil and inked plane-table survey plans are catalogued to individual site record. Investigator's notebooks are avaliable in the MS collection. Site descriptions are avaliable in contemporary RCAHMS inventories, or in three typescript volumes avaliable in the library.
Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 24 October 2012
|Books and References|
RCAHMS (1950-9) Marginal Land Survey, typed site descriptions organised by county. Includes, in some cases, drafts, later notes and sketches. Principal authors KA Steer and RW Feachem. Entries vary from short notes to lengthy and detailed descriptions with reference to the associated surveys. 3v. Typescripts
Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.MAR
RCAHMS (1981b) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of South Carrick, Kyle and Carrick District, Strathclyde Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series no 14 Edinburgh
Page(s): 21, No.151 Held at RCAHMS A.1.2.ARC/14
Smith, J (1895) Prehistoric man in Ayrshire, London
Page(s): 218 Held at RCAHMS E.2.1.SMI