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Carleatheran, cairn at summit, Gargunnock Hills

A Scheduled Monument in Forth and Endrick, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.1016 / 56°6'5"N

Longitude: -4.111 / 4°6'39"W

OS Eastings: 268791

OS Northings: 691875

OS Grid: NS687918

Mapcode National: GBR 15.MDF4

Mapcode Global: WH4P3.TWKT

Entry Name: Carleatheran, cairn at summit, Gargunnock Hills

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7010

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Gargunnock

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Forth and Endrick

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn of probable Bronze Age date.

The monument lies in rough pasture, on the summit of Carleatheran, a hill around 485m above OD. It comprises the remains of a stony cairn some 18m in diameter by about 1.7m high. Large stones on the E and S appear to represent the remains of a former kerb.

The centre of the cairn has been built over with modern stone shelters and an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar, but these are unlikely to have damaged the original burials which are to be expected within and below the cairn.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cairn and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 45m as marked in red on the accompanying map. The Ordnance Survey pillar is excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS 69 SE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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