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Roman Fortlet at Lurg Moor, Greenock, Scotland

Monday, February 01, 2010

This evening, I am indulging my passion for Roman Britain with a report on my recent visit to Lurg Moor, a somewhat desolate hill high above Greenock, a port in the west of Scotland on the River Clyde.

In addition to Hadrian's Wall, the Romans built a second wall in Britain which was known as the Antonine Wall and named after the Emperor, Antoninus Pius who ruled 138-61 AD. This Antonine Wall was used from about AD 142 to the early 160s. It ran from Carriden in the east of Scotland (near Edinburgh) to Old Kilpatrick in the west (near Glasgow). To protect the western flank of the Wall the Romans built three small 'fortlets' south of the River Clyde at Whitemoss, Lurg Moor and Outerwards in Ayrshire.

Lurg Moor is the best preserved of the three fortlets and now consists of a rectangular grass-covered rampart 43m by 49m with a height of one metre. There is a well preserved surrounding ditch which is some 2m lower the highest point of the rampart.

Access to the fortlet is something of a challenge as there is no trail or signage. I had to navigate over barbed wire fences and were it not for the freezing temperatures the ground underfoot would be very wet and boggy. Fortunately, I was able to locate the fortlet together with the remains of a nearby hut circle dating possibly from 1000BC or later. This landscape was occupied from the earliest times of human occupation in Scotland.

Because of their antiquity, the hut circle and fortlet have very low profiles in the landscape and not easy to photograph.

This is an aspect of the hut circle circle which may date from the Late Bronze or Early Iron Age. This shot shows details of what appears to be a double wall.

This is a broader view of the hut circle remains. I was able to locate it because in the centre is a twin posted electricty pole.

This view as taken from the Roman fortlet with Greenock and the River Clyde below. This video clip gives a better appreciation for the Roman site.


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