Little Carleton

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Site Type MOTTE
Canmore ID 61979
Site Number NX18NW 3
NGR NX 1336 8952
Former District KYLE AND CARRICK
Former County AYRSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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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

Project Marginal Land Survey

Notes This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project.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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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 286 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 (*).
Drawings are catalogued to individual site records. Investigator's notebooks are availiable in the MS collection. Site descriptions are availiable in contemporary RCAHMS inventories, or in three typescript volumes availiable in the library.
Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 24 October 2012

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Books and References

RCAHMS (1950-9) Marginal Land Survey (unpublished typescripts). 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

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