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Aucheleffan, stone setting 550m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4774 / 55°28'38"N

Longitude: -5.2005 / 5°12'1"W

OS Eastings: 197837

OS Northings: 625050

OS Grid: NR978250

Mapcode National: GBR FGJ7.BNT

Mapcode Global: WH1N9.2LVB

Entry Name: Aucheleffan, stone setting 550m NW of

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4433

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting

Location: Kilmory

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire

Description

The monument is a stone setting of the type known as a four poster, of the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age. It lies in a clearing in a coniferous forestry plantation next to a forest track. It is at present well preserved. The four stones are set in a square c. 4.9m across. They are between 70cm and 110cm high. A substantial part of the interior remains undisturbed and evidence of equal or even greater importance about the function of the setting will survive outside it. An area measuring 35m (N-S) x 15m (E-W), reflecting the size of the present clearing, is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its good field characteristics; it is a good example of its kind. It is of national importance as a member of a rare and ill-understood class. The monument is of national importance to the theme of late Neolithic/early Bronze Age ceremonial activity. It is of particular interest because of the concentration of 'four posters' and generalised late Neolithic/early Bronze Age ceremonial activity on Arran.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the site as NR 92 NE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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