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Carriden House,mound 300m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Bo'ness and Blackness, Falkirk

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Latitude: 56.0079 / 56°0'28"N

Longitude: -3.5659 / 3°33'57"W

OS Eastings: 302458

OS Northings: 680547

OS Grid: NT024805

Mapcode National: GBR 1T.TGVX

Mapcode Global: WH5R3.6863

Entry Name: Carriden House,mound 300m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 3 October 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6488

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Bo'Ness and Carriden

County: Falkirk

Electoral Ward: Bo'ness and Blackness

Traditional County: West Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn of prehistoric date surviving as a tree-covered, stony mound.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 50m OD, near the top of a slope overlooking the site of the Roman fort of Carriden. It comprises a grassed-over stony mound some 23m in diameter within an eccentric outer bank some 33m in diameter on which trees have been planted.

The mound has a maximum height of approximately 1.2m. Although its proximity to the Roman fort at Carriden has in the past prompted suggestions of a Roman origin, the mound appears to be a burial cairn of Late Neolithic or Bronze Age date.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible remains 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 contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. It may be expected to contain funerary deposits and evidence for its mode of construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 08 SW 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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