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Cairn Muir, cairn 190m north west of Cairnmuir

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5643 / 56°33'51"N

Longitude: -3.4687 / 3°28'7"W

OS Eastings: 309837

OS Northings: 742331

OS Grid: NO098423

Mapcode National: GBR V5.TG2H

Mapcode Global: WH5NF.P8FM

Entry Name: Cairn Muir, cairn 190m NW of Cairnmuir

Scheduled Date: 8 December 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7287

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Caputh

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a stony mound.

The monument lies in an uncultivated enclosure within arable farmland at around 100m OD. It comprises a large mound of stones measuring about 32m in diameter and about 0.5m in height. Early records of stone removal suggest that it may originally have been rather larger.

The cairn is a characteristic Bronze Age funerary monument. Although stone-robbing has probably removed part of its surface layer of stones, burials and other ritual deposits may be expected to remain undisturbed within and beneath the surviving mound.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the cairn and an area around it within which related material may be expected to be found, bounded by a low recent wall. It is irregular in shape with maximum dimensions of 60m NW-SE by 50m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 04 SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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