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Hen Law,cairn 1550m WNW of Langtonlees

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.778 / 55°46'40"N

Longitude: -2.45 / 2°26'59"W

OS Eastings: 371871

OS Northings: 653942

OS Grid: NT718539

Mapcode National: GBR C1BM.CL

Mapcode Global: WH8X6.B1LC

Entry Name: Hen Law,cairn 1550m WNW of Langtonlees

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4548

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Langton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a small turf-covered burial cairn of the earlier Bronze Age (some 3500 years old) situated on the south western summit of Hen Law. Although it measures only 3m in diameter and 0.25m high it will cover a burial of that period. Around it, traces of other burials and of the rites associated with burials may survive below the level of the modern turf. Therefore an area measuring 30m in diameter is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is well preserved; it is of a type rarely preserved because of their small size; it is of national importance because of the rarity of the type and its vulnerability. It is of national importance to the theme of earlier Bronze Age burial and ceremonial practices. It is of particular interest because of the proximity of the much larger and more prominent cairns on the Dirrington Laws; comparison between the burials, which are in cairns of such different scale, would be of great value to the study of earlier Bronze Age society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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