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Dunan Mor, cairn 80m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.343 / 56°20'34"N

Longitude: -5.8442 / 5°50'39"W

OS Eastings: 162531

OS Northings: 723371

OS Grid: NM625233

Mapcode National: GBR CCYY.PTC

Mapcode Global: WGZFG.6T9S

Entry Name: Dunan Mor, cairn 80m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 4 February 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10660

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: kerb cairn

Location: Torosay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a grass-covered mound.

The monument is situated on a terrace overlooking the S side of the head of Loch Buie at about 20m OD. The grass-covered cairn measures about 9m in diameter and stands 0.4m in height. Several kerb stones are visible in situ around the perimeter of the mound, particularly around the western side. Some stones are also visible in the centre.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic or Bronze Age (third or second millennium BC), 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 may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape, 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 an 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 NM 62 SW 7.


RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. 'Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona)'. Edinburgh, 58, No. 48.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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