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Loch Flemington, barrow 1000m SSE of Balspardon

A Scheduled Monument in Culloden and Ardersier, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5422 / 57°32'31"N

Longitude: -3.9952 / 3°59'42"W

OS Eastings: 280666

OS Northings: 851982

OS Grid: NH806519

Mapcode National: GBR J8HS.JNP

Mapcode Global: WH4G6.LPQG

Entry Name: Loch Flemington, barrow 1000m SSE of Balspardon

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5005

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Petty

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Culloden and Ardersier

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises a ring-ditch, the remains of a burial mound of Neolithic or Bronze Age date. It appears in an arable field as a mark in cereal crops; experience shows that further remains will survive in the areas (not susceptible to cropmarks) between the visible marks. The roughly circular ring-ditch has a diameter of c. 8m within a ditch 1m wide and displays the remains of what is likely to be a central burial. The area to be scheduled measures 90m NNE-SSW by 40m NNW-SSE, to include the area in which cropmarks are visible and areas between and around where further features 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 the remains of a prehistoric funerary structure. Even though the area is under the plough experience shows that extensive and important archaeological features and deposits will survive below plough level. As the remains of a prehistoric burial mound it is one of very few surviving in this lowland area; it has the potential to increase greatly our knowledge of prehistoric mortuary practices and monument construction. The monument has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric societies in Northern Scotland. The monument is of particular importance because of the survival of other prehistoric sites in the area, with which this monument may be associated.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH85SW 12.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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