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Mainslaughter Law,cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.8348 / 55°50'5"N

Longitude: -2.5413 / 2°32'28"W

OS Eastings: 366193

OS Northings: 660305

OS Grid: NT661603

Mapcode National: GBR B0PZ.M7

Mapcode Global: WH8WR.YL0V

Entry Name: Mainslaughter Law,cairn

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4919

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Longformacus

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a burial mound measuring about 8.5m in diameter and 0.3m high, situated on the crest of Mainslaughter ridge about 30m from the public road. There are slight traces of a ditch around it. The mound does not seem to have been disturbed. It will cover one or more burials of the Earlier Bronze Age (c. 1500-2000 BC) and a portion of the contemporary ground surface. An area measuring 30m in diameter to include the mound and an area around it in which traces of associated activity will survive is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a well preserved example of its type; it is of national importance because of its well preserved field characteristics and because it appears to be undisturbed. The buried land surface would be of importance to the study of Early Bronze Age agricultural practices and landscape. The burial or burials would be of importance to the study of Early Bronze Age burial and ceremonial practices. The monument is therefore of national importance to the themes of Earlier Bronze Age agriculture, burial and religion.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 66 SE 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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