|Location||near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway|
|OS grid reference|
|Length||29 m (95 ft)|
|Width||17 m (56 ft)|
|Area||0.04 ha (0.099 acres) (summit enclosure)|
|Founded||c. 600 AD|
|Abandoned||early 7th century|
|Excavation dates||1960, 2012|
|Designated||19 January 1926|
The site is notable for a carved Pictish stone located near the entrance to the fort, one of only a handful of such stones found outside the core Pictish heartland of North-East Scotland. Recent (2012) archaeological investigation has also found evidence of feasting and high-status metalworking at the site, and what has been interpreted as a constructed ceremonial processional route. Together these have led to speculation that the site might have been an important centre or location of royal inaugurations for a Brythonic kingdom centred in Galloway and South-West Scotland, circa 600 AD — perhaps to be identified with the elusive north British kingdom of Rheged, which gained greatest prominence under its legendary leader Urien at a similar time in the late 6th century before apparently utterly disappearing in the early 7th century.
Description and historyEdit
1856 drawing of the symbols on the stone. To the left is a double disc with Z-rod, to the right a fish monster and a sword. The head with antennae is a 19th-century addition.
- Ronan Toolis and Christopher Bowles (2017), The Lost Dark Age Kingdom of Rheged: the Discovery of a Royal Stronghold at Trusty’s Hill, Galloway. Oxford: Oxbow Books, ISBN 9781785703119. (Publisher's website; JSTOR; Google Books). Official published report of the 2012 investigation.
- Interim report, October 2012
- Historic Environment Scotland. "Trusty's Hill, Anwoth (63641)". Canmore.
- Ronan Toolis (May 2017), Rheged rediscovered: uncovering a lost British kingdom in Galloway, Current Archaeology, 327
- James Hoare (31 January 2017), The Lost Kingdom of Rheged: What the Trusty’s Hill dig can tell us about Celtic Britain, History Answers
- Discovery of Lost Dark Age Kingdom In Galloway, Guard Archaeology, 15 January 2017
- The Galloway Picts Project, Excavation website
- A Window on Dark Age Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet community and visitor website, Gatehouse Development Initiative.