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Gruline House, cairn 400m west of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4823 / 56°28'56"N

Longitude: -5.9844 / 5°59'3"W

OS Eastings: 154773

OS Northings: 739357

OS Grid: NM547393

Mapcode National: GBR CCLL.CMW

Mapcode Global: WGZDT.1BKG

Entry Name: Gruline House, cairn 400m W of

Scheduled Date: 24 March 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10588

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Torosay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

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

The monument lies some 400m W of Gruline House. The stone-built cairn itself measures about 18m in diameter and stands over 2m high. This cairn sits on a circular platform of stone, 30m in diameter. The cairn has clearly suffered from stone robbing in the past but is still in reasonable condition.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age (the 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 is likely to survive. It is circular in shape with a diameter of 36m, 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

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RCAHMS records the monument as NM53NW 6.

References:

RCAHMS 1980a, ARGYLL: AN INVENTORY OF THE MONUMENTS VOLUME 3: MULL, TIREE, COLL AND NORTHERN ARGYLL (EXCLUDING THE EARLY MEDIEVAL AND LATER MONUMENTS OF IONA), Edinburgh: HMSO, 57, No. 39(1).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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