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East Gordon,cairns 900m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.6904 / 55°41'25"N

Longitude: -2.5411 / 2°32'28"W

OS Eastings: 366079

OS Northings: 644238

OS Grid: NT660442

Mapcode National: GBR B2PM.NZ

Mapcode Global: WH8XJ.Y73H

Entry Name: East Gordon,cairns 900m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4724

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field clearance cairn, cairnfield; Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Gordon

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire

Description

The monument is a small cairnfield adjacent to the line of an abandoned railway. There are eight cairns (A-H). A, B, D, and H, measuring between 5.5m and 6.5m in diameter and between 0.4m and 0.5m high, are burial cairns probably of the earlier Bronze Age. The others may also be burial cairns, although the Ordnance Survey considered them to be clearance cairns.

An area measuring a maximum of 175m (ENE-WSW) by 80m transversely is proposed for scheduling, bounded on the SSW by the line of the disused railway and on the WSW and NNW by a burn. The grouping of burial cairns together is not a common feature in E Scotland, and many of the examples known by the last century have been damaged or destroyed. The burial cairns will cover cremations or inhumations, possibly with grave goods. The clearance cairns will cover fragments of the contemporary old land surface.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of earlier Bronze Age ceremonial and burial practices, and also to the theme of Later prehistoric land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NT 64 SE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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