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The Iron Age

Domestic

Burnswark

Period:
Iron Age
Description:

The hill named after the fort is a conspicuous table which dominates most of Annandale and is widely visible. The fort shows a development from an oval enclosure measuring about 900 ft (274m) by 650 ft (198m) to an irregularly-shaped defended area 1650 ft (503m) and 17 acres (7 hectares) in extent. 

 

It has been suggested that this fort, in which excavations (in 1966, by Mr G Jobey) disclosed an original palisade dated to the 7th or 6th century BC, might have been the principal centre or oppidum of the Novantae.

 

RCAHMS site record:
Burnswark