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Tom of Cluny,chambered cairns 450m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6385 / 56°38'18"N

Longitude: -3.8394 / 3°50'21"W

OS Eastings: 287284

OS Northings: 751146

OS Grid: NN872511

Mapcode National: GBR JCW5.J1D

Mapcode Global: WH5MW.0D0P

Entry Name: Tom of Cluny,chambered cairns 450m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 2 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6251

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Weem

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of two chambered cairns of probable Neolithic date surviving as low stony mounds.

The monument lies at around 175m OD on a level plateau on a hillside overlooking Strathtay. The E cairn is represented by a low, flat-topped mound of large stones, some 18m in diameter and 1.2m in maximum height. Five protruding, edge-set slabs may represent the remains of a facade and disturbed chamber. Slightly to the W lies a second cairn some 17m in diameter, again with edge-set slabs suggesting the remains of a chamber. The cairns are overlain by the slight remains of a field wall.

The cairns appear to represent burial monuments of the Neolithic period. As such they form part of the wider landscape of funerary and ritual monuments dating to the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age which characterise this part of Strathtay.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the two cairns and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 60m 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 funerary ritual. Both cairns may be expected to contain remains relating to their former funerary usage as well as detailed evidence for their construction. Their importance is greatly enhanced by their association with the wider prehistoric ritual landscape of Strathtay.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NN 85 SE 34.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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