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Tom's Knowe, bank barrow 25m to 350m south of Holm

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.2713 / 55°16'16"N

Longitude: -3.1819 / 3°10'54"W

OS Eastings: 325003

OS Northings: 598102

OS Grid: NY250981

Mapcode National: GBR 676H.X5

Mapcode Global: WH6WX.3R2S

Entry Name: Tom's Knowe, bank barrow 25m to 350m S of Holm

Scheduled Date: 31 March 1988

Last Amended: 9 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4514

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Eskdalemuir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a bank barrow of the Neolithic period, comprising an oval terminal mound (measuring 10.5m by 9m, and 1.5m in height), with, attached to the north, a long tail mound (c. 5.5m across, 0.5m high, and surviving for a length of 255m down the slope, in part through woodland). The terminal mound and the tail are flanked by a shallow broad ditch, which runs round the south end of the monument. The monument may be the southern end of a much longer monument, the northern part of which is scheduled separately.

The terminal mound was originally scheduled as a free-standing barrow, as the 'tail' had not been identified at the time. The area now to be scheduled includes the visible features of the monument described above and other remains which are likely to survive beneath the ground surface in the area. The area measures a maximum of 320m N-S, by 55m E-W.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of a substantial burial mound, which has the potential to enhance our understanding of prehistoric burial practices. It is likely that one or more burials survive beneath the mound, and others will probably have been dug into its surface subsequently. The importance of the monument is increased because it will cover a well preserved section of the contemporary old land surface; examination of this would enlarge our knowledge of prehistoric land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NY 29 NE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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