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John's Wood,two burial mounds

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

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Latitude: 55.318 / 55°19'4"N

Longitude: -3.1951 / 3°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 324257

OS Northings: 603303

OS Grid: NT242033

Mapcode National: GBR 664Y.2G

Mapcode Global: WH6WP.WLQK

Entry Name: John's Wood,two burial mounds

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4709

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: mound (ritual or funerary)

Location: Eskdalemuir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument comprises two burial mounds of the later Neolithic and earlier Bronze Age (some 3000 to 5000 years old) situated on a ridge to the N of the Esk valley. The western of the two is a substantial mound c. 7m in diameter and 0.5m high. Although it has been disturbed in the centre it is likely that burials will survive beneath it. It is situated immediately beside a kink in the fence which runs E-W across the ridge.

The eastern mound is less substantial but has escaped damage. It measures 6m in diameter and 0.3m to 0.5m in height. It lies 17m W of Cuttit Syke and 31m N of the fence which runs E-W across the ridge. Areas 20m in diameter are proposed for scheduling around both mounds to include the mounds themselves and areas around in which traces of activity associated with their use will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monuments are of national importance as quite well preserved examples of burial mounds, a class rare in the area, which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial practices. They are of particular importance because they lie close together; the few other mounds in the area lie in isolation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monuments as NT 20 SW 18 and 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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