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Lairhill,standing stone alignment 400m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1985 / 56°11'54"N

Longitude: -3.8841 / 3°53'2"W

OS Eastings: 283197

OS Northings: 702249

OS Grid: NN831022

Mapcode National: GBR 1F.FHCC

Mapcode Global: WH4NV.9GNJ

Entry Name: Lairhill,standing stone alignment 400m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4539

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Dunblane and Lecropt

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Dunblane and Bridge of Allan

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument is an alignment of 5 stones, only one of which is now standing, running from SW to NE across moorland to the SE of the road between Lairhill and the Sheriffmuir Inn. The south-westernmost stone bears about 20 cupmarks on its exposed surface. The gaps between the stones vary from 70m to 135m. The area around and between the stones will contain traces of activities associated with their erection and use; burials may well have been placed around and between the stones.

The area to be scheduled measures 400m SW to NE by 20m transversely, to include the stones and an area around in which archaeologically detectable traces will survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a type of monument infrequently found in southern Scotland, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric ceremonial and possibly burial practices. It is of particular importance as the alignment may have had a primitive astronomical use, possibly marking the position of a heavenly body.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NN 80 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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