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Ardness, cairn 550m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.5339 / 56°32'1"N

Longitude: -5.8043 / 5°48'15"W

OS Eastings: 166174

OS Northings: 744467

OS Grid: NM661444

Mapcode National: GBR DC1F.XTR

Mapcode Global: WGZDP.T17C

Entry Name: Ardness, cairn 550m S of

Scheduled Date: 26 February 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7825

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 stony mound. The monument lies in an area of rough grassland at around 10m OD. It comprises a cairn measuring about 5m in diameter and standing to a height of about 0.6m.

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 30m, 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. 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 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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