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Knockvologan House, cairn 530m north west of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2991 / 56°17'56"N

Longitude: -6.3518 / 6°21'6"W

OS Eastings: 130877

OS Northings: 720359

OS Grid: NM308203

Mapcode National: GBR BDP2.CC0

Mapcode Global: WGYD8.DXKY

Entry Name: Knockvologan House, cairn 530m NW of

Scheduled Date: 29 May 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10669

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon

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 stony mound. Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age (third or second millennium BC), and may be expected to contain material relating to their mode of construction and use.

The monument is situated on a slight knoll at about 10m OD, in a prominent position overlooking the N entrance to the Sound of Erraid, some 530m NW of Knockvologan House. The cairn comprises a substantial, roughly oval, grass-covered stony mound, measuring about 16.5m by 14.5m across and standing 1m high. The interior appears to have been disturbed by stone-robbing.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material is likely to survive. It is sub-circular in shape, with maximum dimensions of 38m N-S by 37m E-W, 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

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RCAHMS records the monument as NM32SW 8.

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, 58, No. 47.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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