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Another busy day. For a landscape that seems quite empty at first glance, the area around Bellshiel Law long cairn is actually full of evidence of training over many years.

On Friday I looked closely at the Scheduled Monument area of the long cairn itself, then headed up the westward hill to record a bunker (still in active use) and its associated artefact scatter. I then thought it wouldn’t take too long to do a walkover survey of the eastern facing slopes of the hill – from the bunker back down to the track facing the long cairn – and of course was there until 7pm before I called it a day.

On the north-east facing slope of the hill I found a scatter of early 20th century building rubble which upon closer inspection contained several horseshoe-shaped arrangements of stone and rubble which had been used as gun placements.

Gun emplacement on ‘Bunker Hill’, looking north over fields (Bellshiel Law long cairn to the east) – actually full of spent blank cartridges and pieces of non-disintegrating metal belt (c) Krissy Moore 2016 all rights reserved.
Ah yes, the English Spring… (c) K Moore 2016 all rights reserved

They had a good view over Bellshiel Law Long Cairn and the fields to the north and north west where I recorded the brush-wood shelters.

I also recorded the in-use bunker on the hill.

It was a three-jumper day but thankfully the rain held off all day.