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Air Cleuch,cairns 1300m south of Glengeith

A Scheduled Monument in Clydesdale East, South Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.4227 / 55°25'21"N

Longitude: -3.6558 / 3°39'20"W

OS Eastings: 295298

OS Northings: 615561

OS Grid: NS952155

Mapcode National: GBR 25XQ.BX

Mapcode Global: WH5TR.TYBR

Entry Name: Air Cleuch,cairns 1300m S of Glengeith

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4641

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field clearance cairn, cairnfield; Prehistoric ritual and funera

Location: Crawford

County: South Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Clydesdale East

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument consists of an area of ground on the N bank of the Air Cleuch containing at least 35 small cairns which probably originated in the clearance of land for prehistoric agriculture but may also contain human burial remains. The area to be scheduled is quadrilateral, with the SW boundary defined by the Air Cleuch, the SE by the Roman Road, and the NE and NW by straight lines, the whole measuring up to 250m EW by 200NS.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of the extensive area of old ground surface buried below the cairns, and the potential for recovery of environmental evidence that this offers. It is also of national importance as a very fine field example of a cairnfield, and may contain important evidence of ritual practices in the form of human inhumation or cremation burials.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NS91NE 20.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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