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Craighead, barrow and cairn 820m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.4988 / 55°29'55"N

Longitude: -3.7314 / 3°43'53"W

OS Eastings: 290722

OS Northings: 624145

OS Grid: NS907241

Mapcode National: GBR 24CV.YN

Mapcode Global: WH5TJ.N1BV

Entry Name: Craighead, barrow and cairn 820m NW of

Scheduled Date: 31 March 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4517

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Crawfordjohn

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monuments are a low, grass-covered barrow, 6.4m by 5.0m and only 0.2m high and a grass-covered cairn 25m to the SW, 5.8m in diameter and 0.8m in height, surrounded by a slight ditch. Both are prehistoric burial places, probably of Bronze Age date. They are located on the saddle between the upper part of Black Hill and the fort on its SE spur. The area to be scheduled is rectangular, 45m NE-SW by 20m NW-SE, its edge never closer than 10m to the highest point

of either mound.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monuments, which are to be scheduled together, are of national importance as two distinct elements of a local grouping of burial places. The proximity of the two suggests that a real association may exist, and the scheduled area includes the intervening ground to preserve any horizontal relationships. It is relatively rare to find two different forms of burial mound in close association, and while individually each would merit scheduling, the case is strengthened by this propinquity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monuments as NS92SW 30.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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