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Craigmarloch

A wooded summit in Inverclyde, Craigmarloch rises to 158m (519 feet) a quarter-mile (0.5 km) west northwest of Leperstone Reservoir and 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Port Glasgow. At its summit is a vitrified hill fort dated to the Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age (around 500 BC). Oval in shape, the fort extends to 64m (210 feet) by 35m (115 feet). It was defended by two concentric rings of timber palisade both of which were destroyed by fire and replaced by a stone-built timber-laced wall a few hundred years later. An excavation in 1970 revealed finds which were almost all associated with the earlier period of occupation. These included pottery, shale rings, a flint arrowhead and scraper, hammers, and a fragment of a wooden vessel. The finds were given to Paisley Museum.


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