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Cairn Table,two cairns

A Scheduled Monument in Ballochmyle, East Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4952 / 55°29'42"N

Longitude: -4.0205 / 4°1'13"W

OS Eastings: 272451

OS Northings: 624233

OS Grid: NS724242

Mapcode National: GBR 04CW.CY

Mapcode Global: WH4S8.64QN

Entry Name: Cairn Table,two cairns

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4631

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Douglas

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ballochmyle

Traditional County: Ayrshire

Description

The monuments are two burial cairns of the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age, sited on the summit of the hill known as Cairn Table. The western cairn measures 12m in diameter and 1m high. The eastern cairn lies 30m to the ENE. It measures 16m in diameter and is 3.5m high. The western cairn has been heavily robbed to provide material for a modern memorial cairn nearby, it has also had an OS triangulation pillar erected on it. The eastern cairn appears undisturbed. Both cairns will cover burials (cremated or unburnt, probably in cists) and may contain further secondary burials. They are also likely to cover contemporary land surfaces.

An area measuring 70m ENE-WSW by 30m transversely, including both cairns, and an area between which may contain further burials, is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The cairns are of national importance to the themes of late Neolithic/early Bronze Age burial and ceremonial practices; study of the contemporary land surface buried by the cairns would be of national importance to the theme of late Neolithic/early Bronze Age land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the site as NS72SW 1.

References:

RCAHMS 1978, Lanarkshire: an inventory of the prehistoric and Roman monuments, Edinburgh, No. 25, 47.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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