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Carn Ban, cairn

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4821 / 56°28'55"N

Longitude: -5.9863 / 5°59'10"W

OS Eastings: 154656

OS Northings: 739346

OS Grid: NM546393

Mapcode National: GBR CCLL.BSB

Mapcode Global: WGZDT.0BNL

Entry Name: Carn Ban, cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 February 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10589

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 as a grass-covered mound.

The monument lies on a prominent knoll known as Carn Ban. It is about 26m in diameter and stands up to 2.2m high. Its original shape and size have been obscured by robbing, clearance and fallen trees. The stony bank running round its perimeter appears to be a tree-ring.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic or Bronze Age (third to 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 40m, centred on the cairn, 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

Sources

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM53NW 2.

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(2).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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