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Lumphinnans,henge 600m WNW of Newton

A Scheduled Monument in Cowdenbeath, Fife

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Latitude: 56.1181 / 56°7'5"N

Longitude: -3.3295 / 3°19'46"W

OS Eastings: 317431

OS Northings: 692505

OS Grid: NT174925

Mapcode National: GBR 23.LFYB

Mapcode Global: WH6RR.THP3

Entry Name: Lumphinnans,henge 600m WNW of Newton

Scheduled Date: 17 November 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6253

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: henge

Location: Ballingry

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Cowdenbeath

Traditional County: Fife


The monument is a henge monument - a ceremonial site of the later Neolithic period, some 4000 to 5000 years old.

It comprises a roughly circular area c.30m in diameter enclosed by a ditch c.3m across. Experience on other henge sites suggests strongly that additional archaeological features will survive within the enclosure and in the area around. The topography of the field suggests that the bank, which would lie outside the ditch, is likely to survive.

The area proposed for scheduling measures 100m in diameter, centred on the henge, to include the features visible on aerial photographs currently available and an area around the henge in which other features associated with its construction and use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an apparently well-preserved and substantial henge monument. It is likely that the features of the site survive well. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of ceremonial activity in prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 19 SE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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