Rispain Camp
Rispain Camp
Rispain Camp is a fortified camp or homestead dating from the 1st-2nd century AD. When Rispain was first excavated in the Victorian period it was thought to be a medieval homestead, perhaps even a castle, defended by banks and moats.

Later carbon dating disproved this hypothesis, and Rispain is now considered almost certainly a late Iron Age farming settlement.

Excavations on the site have unearthed animal and human remains, and the prize find, a Bronze Age axe which is now in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.

Rispain is rectangular, measuring about 223' x 170' on the interior, set within double banks and ditches. The biggest ditch is 25' wide at the top and 15-17' deep. The secondary ditch is now very difficult to trace on the ground, but it was much smaller at only 5' wide and 3' deep.

There was apparently a gateway in the north-east, linked to a timber palisade. Within the enclosure were several timber roundhouses, and what may have been a stone-lined cistern.