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Gala Braes,standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Bathgate, West Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.911 / 55°54'39"N

Longitude: -3.6201 / 3°37'12"W

OS Eastings: 298824

OS Northings: 669843

OS Grid: NS988698

Mapcode National: GBR 3052.1X

Mapcode Global: WH5RG.CPCD

Entry Name: Gala Braes,standing stone

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6184

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Bathgate

County: West Lothian

Electoral Ward: Bathgate

Traditional County: West Lothian

Description

The monument comprises a atanding stone of Later Neolithic or Bronze Age date.

The stone occupies a conspicuous position on the summit of a ridge at around 265m OD. It is approximately 1.6m high, tapering to the top. There are reports of human bones being found in the vicinity of the stone during the 19th Century. The stump of a second stone lies some 70m to the W but this appears to have been moved from its original position.

The existence of this second stone, however, suggests that

the monument may have been more complex than it presently appears. The standing stone represents the remains of a prehistoric ritual site, possibly of some complexity and probably associated with human burial.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the stone and an area around it in which traces of associated ritual activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 20m 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 Later Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual practice. The area around the stone may be expected to contain evidence relating to burial and associated ritual.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NT 96 NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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