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Queen's View, burnt mound 500m south of Catythirsty Well

A Scheduled Monument in Forth and Endrick, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.997 / 55°59'49"N

Longitude: -4.3902 / 4°23'24"W

OS Eastings: 251025

OS Northings: 680802

OS Grid: NS510808

Mapcode National: GBR 0T.V3PV

Mapcode Global: WH3NF.JJMH

Entry Name: Queen's View, burnt mound 500m S of Catythirsty Well

Scheduled Date: 13 October 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7001

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound

Location: Killearn

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Forth and Endrick

Traditional County: Stirlingshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burnt mound of prehistoric date surviving as a grassy mound.

The monument lies in rough pasture at around 190m OD by the side of a small burn. It comprises the remains of a burnt mound measuring some 10m N-S by about 8m transversely and approximately 0.5m high. It is of crescentic form and opens out to the E. Heat-cracked stone and charcoal set in a matrix of black peaty soil is visible in the S arm which has been clipped by a drain.

Burnt mounds are formed of burnt stones and other debris which represent the remains of prehistoric cooking places or transient settlements where food was cooked by boiling in troughs of water heated using small hot stones. They often contain the remains of structures, including hearths, cooking troughs and small buildings, as well as the rather more obvious mounds of burnt stones used in the cooking process.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the burnt mound and an area around it in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 30m 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric economy and upland settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NS 58 SW 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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