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Bedshiel,cairn 950m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7603 / 55°45'37"N

Longitude: -2.4999 / 2°29'59"W

OS Eastings: 368726

OS Northings: 651999

OS Grid: NT687519

Mapcode National: GBR B1ZT.KX

Mapcode Global: WH8X5.KGSX

Entry Name: Bedshiel,cairn 950m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4630

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Greenlaw

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is a burial cairn (now turf covered) of the earlier Bronze Age, some 3500 years old, situated on a knoll on the S slopes of Dirrington Little Law, 950m NNE of Bedshiel farm steading. The cairn measures 6m in diameter and 0.7m in height. There are traces of a shallow ditch around the N half, suggesting the cairn was built, at least in part, of material quarried from around its site. The cairn is likely to cover at least one burial of the earlier Bronze Age; further burials may also have been inserted into the body of the cairn. Traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the cairn may survive in the area around. An area measuring 30m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and the area of archaeological importance around it, is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a well preserved example of its type. Burials and the remains of the rites associated with burial may survive, under, within and around the cairn; archaeological excavation would recover information of importance which would add to our knowledge of the inhabitants of this part of the country in the earlier Bronze Age. The monument is of national importance to the themes of earlier Bronze Age burial and ceremonial practices. It is of particular interest because of the survival of other cairns in the area; comparison of the burial deposits in all of these would contribute significantly to our knowledge of the variety of burial practices in the period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NT65SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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