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Coille,kerbed cairn 1190m SSW of,Islay

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.8192 / 55°49'9"N

Longitude: -6.4079 / 6°24'28"W

OS Eastings: 123995

OS Northings: 667228

OS Grid: NR239672

Mapcode National: GBR BFKB.HP3

Mapcode Global: WGYGK.JZTT

Entry Name: Coille,kerbed cairn 1190m SSW of,Islay

Scheduled Date: 17 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6247

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilchoman

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a prehistoric burial cairn, slightly robbed on the top, which measures 17m in diameter and up to 1.3m in height. The cairn is surrounded by an intermittent peristalith of carefully selected large blocks. A large stone lying 5m outside the perimeter of the cairn in the SW appears to be a displaced kerb stone.

The area to be scheduled is circular on plan and measures 40m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved Bronze Age burial mound, which has the potential to provide evidence about prehistoric burial practices, as well as evidence about the past environment (from the old ground surface which it seals). The importance of this particular monument is enhanced by its potential association with nearby cairns, burnt mounds, settlements and field systems which are likely to be broadly contemporary.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR26NW 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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