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Corston Hill, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in East Livingston and East Calder, West Lothian

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Latitude: 55.8564 / 55°51'22"N

Longitude: -3.4595 / 3°27'34"W

OS Eastings: 308737

OS Northings: 663536

OS Grid: NT087635

Mapcode National: GBR 408Q.TH

Mapcode Global: WH5RX.T2T8

Entry Name: Corston Hill, cairn

Scheduled Date: 15 May 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6194

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Kirknewton

County: West Lothian

Electoral Ward: East Livingston and East Calder

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn of Later Neolithic or Bronze Age date surviving as a grassed-over stony mound. The cairn lies on the ridge of Corston Hill at around 320m OD commanding extensive views in all directions except to the E, where the summit of Corston Hill blocks the view. The cairn is represented by a grassy mound some 15m E-W by 17.5m and approximately 1.6m high. It is surmounted by a modern cairn.

The cairn represents a burial monument of the Later Neolithic and Bronze Age and is likely to have acted as a focus for ritual activity after its initial construction and use. The area to be scheduled encompasses the cairn and an area around it in which traces of associated ritual activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 40m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The area around the cairn itself may be expected to contain evidence associated with the ritual use of the cairn over a considerable period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 06 SE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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