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Ardness, cairn 600m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.5341 / 56°32'2"N

Longitude: -5.8003 / 5°48'1"W

OS Eastings: 166419

OS Northings: 744478

OS Grid: NM664444

Mapcode National: GBR DC1F.ZYJ

Mapcode Global: WGZDP.W136

Entry Name: Ardness, cairn 600m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 26 February 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7823

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Morvern

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a grass-covered mound on a small headland. The monument lies on a slight knoll in an area of rough grassland, at around 10m OD. It comprises a cairn measuring about 12m in diameter, the NE half of which has mostly been removed.

In the SW half, the cairn stands to a height of about 2m. At the centre of the cairn there is an oval depression measuring about 1.7m N-S by about 1m transversely, which marks the site of a cist in which human remains were discovered. Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain material relating to their mode of construction and use.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material is likely to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 35m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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. Although the cairn has been disturbed, it retains the potential to provide important archaeological evidence, both from within the body of the cairn and in deposits sealed beneath it. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other similar monuments, potentially of contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 64 SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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