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Aintuim, cairn 430m south west of

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

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Latitude: 56.5808 / 56°34'50"N

Longitude: -6.1795 / 6°10'46"W

OS Eastings: 143434

OS Northings: 751030

OS Grid: NM434510

Mapcode National: GBR CC4B.08L

Mapcode Global: WGZD4.1VMF

Entry Name: Aintuim, cairn 430m SW of

Scheduled Date: 30 January 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10560

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilninian and Kilmore

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 lies around 430m SW of Aintuim farmhouse, on the summit of a rounded hillock about 8m in height, and overlooks the flood-plain of the River Bellart. Roughly circular on plan and almost entirely grass-covered, the cairn measures 8.5m in diameter and stands 1m high. It has been damaged by stone-robbing on the NE perimeter, and a depression in the centre, 0.4m deep, may also signify disturbance.

Cairns of this type date to the Neolithic or Early Bronze Age (third or second millennium BC), and are funerary monuments.

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 10m, 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 45 SW 19.


RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission on 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, 50, No. 9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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