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Pitnacree,burial mound 350m north west of West Mains

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6598 / 56°39'35"N

Longitude: -3.7493 / 3°44'57"W

OS Eastings: 292869

OS Northings: 753371

OS Grid: NN928533

Mapcode National: GBR KC33.P9F

Mapcode Global: WH5MQ.CVWW

Entry Name: Pitnacree,burial mound 350m NW of West Mains

Scheduled Date: 14 December 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6147

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Logierait

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow of Neolithic date surviving as a prominent mound in an arable field. The barrow lies on the gravel floor of Strathtay some 250m N of the river at approximately 65m OD. It is clearly visible as an oval earthen mound some 30m in maximum diameter surmounted by stand of Scots pine trees. The mound survives to approximately 3m high. Partial excavation of the mound carried out during the 1960s revealed a complex history of construction relating to the repeated use of the site for burial and associated ritual practices. The area to be scheduled encompasses the mound and an area around it in which traces of associated 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 associated ritual practices. The unexcavated portions of the mound offer an extremely valuable resource for the elucidation of the development and use of the site which has already been demonstrated to contain a detailed record of changing prehistoric funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NN 95 SW 6.

References:

Coles J M and Simpson DDA 1965, 'The excavation of a Neolithic Round Barrow at Pitnacree, Perthshire, Scotland' Proc Prehist Soc 3, 34-57.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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