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Easter Coillechat, cairn 550m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2135 / 56°12'48"N

Longitude: -4.1167 / 4°6'59"W

OS Eastings: 268822

OS Northings: 704340

OS Grid: NN688043

Mapcode National: GBR 14.DK52

Mapcode Global: WH4NQ.Q2WZ

Entry Name: Easter Coillechat, cairn 550m N of

Scheduled Date: 26 November 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6985

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilmadock

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as an upstanding mound. Cairns such as this are burial mounds of a type characteristic of the early Bronze Age (c.2500-1500BC)

The cairn lies at around 100m OD, on a natural rise in rolling countryside, overlooking the valley of the River Teith to the south. It measures about 12.5m in diameter and stands up to 1.7m high. Traces of a boulder kerb can be identified on its NW, NE and SE sides. The summit of the cairn has been slightly disturbed but there are no clear signs of burial cists or chambers within the body of the cairn, which implies that any burial deposits associated with the structure may survive intact.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which material relating to the construction and use of the cairn may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 35m, 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 ritual and funerary practices. It may be expected to contain funerary deposits and evidence relating to its mode of construction and use, and may also preserve evidence for contemporary landuse and environmental conditions.

The importance of this monument is further enhanced by its relationship to similar sites nearby: the cairn is one of a group of prehistoric ritual monuments in the Braes of Doune area which appear to have been constructed and used over a period of up to 2000 years.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NN 60 SE 25.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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