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Buaile Riabhach,cairn and standing stones,Scalasaig,Colonsay

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0706 / 56°4'14"N

Longitude: -6.1978 / 6°11'52"W

OS Eastings: 138845

OS Northings: 694364

OS Grid: NR388943

Mapcode National: GBR CD2N.XKC

Mapcode Global: WGYFH.RPV2

Entry Name: Buaile Riabhach,cairn and standing stones,Scalasaig,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5217

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


D-shaped kerbed cairn, measuring some 3.6 by 3m and 0,3m high, with 2 standing stones set on the line of the kerb. The larger stone is 2.3m high and 1.8m in girth at the base; the smaller stone would be 1.15m high if it were vertical, and is 0.3m thick and 0.65m broad. A sword and dagger were excavated from the cairn in l88l and removed

from the site. The scheduled area includes the cairn and standing stones and an area extending for 5m from the outer face of the kerb, as shown in red on the accompanying plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as representing a well-preserved example of its type, and because of its potential for shedding light on the ritual and mortuary practices of the Bronze Age (c. 1500-600 BC).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


No Bibliography entries for this designation

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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