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Harris Lodge,cairn 550m ESE of,Rum

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.9742 / 56°58'27"N

Longitude: -6.3757 / 6°22'32"W

OS Eastings: 134200

OS Northings: 795522

OS Grid: NM342955

Mapcode National: GBR BBN8.SKZ

Mapcode Global: WGY8Z.1Y7V

Entry Name: Harris Lodge,cairn 550m ESE of,Rum

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6324

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a small oval cairn located on a raised beach.

The cairn is around 12m in diameter and 1m high. It is built of water-worn beach pebbles which are appreciably larger than the stones of the raised beach on which it is situated. The cairn has some turf-cover. On its S arc there are two large holes in the cairn material which suggest deliberate disturbance.

The area to be scheduled is a circle measuring 40m in diameter which is centred on the cairn and includes the cairn and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric religion and burial practices. It is a fairly substantial cairn and was probably used for burial purposes. Neolithic/Bronze Age monuments are very rare on Rum.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 39 NW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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