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Ben Hiant House,cairn 620m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.6929 / 56°41'34"N

Longitude: -6.1059 / 6°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 148697

OS Northings: 763214

OS Grid: NM486632

Mapcode National: GBR CC90.XNM

Mapcode Global: WGZCS.51NH

Entry Name: Ben Hiant House,cairn 620m S of

Scheduled Date: 10 April 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6174

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Ardnamurchan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument consists of a prehistoric cairn on a ridge on the E side of Kilchoan Bay.

The cairn measures about 16m in diameter and stands to a height of about 2m. There are traces of a hole that has been excavated into the top of the cairn, but otherwise it is well preserved. Several kerb- stones protrude through the turf on the SW side.

The area to be scheduled measures 50m N-S by 45m E-W, to include the cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the cairn may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric burial practices and ritual beliefs. The cairn may also seal an old ground surface containing evidence for the environment of the area at the time of building of the cairn.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 46 SE 4.

Reference:

RCAHMS (1972) Argyll Inventory, Vol. 3, No. 53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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