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Raven Craig, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Bathgate, West Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9176 / 55°55'3"N

Longitude: -3.6165 / 3°36'59"W

OS Eastings: 299069

OS Northings: 670572

OS Grid: NS990705

Mapcode National: GBR 3050.VJ

Mapcode Global: WH5RG.FJ3B

Entry Name: Raven Craig, cairn

Scheduled Date: 5 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7571

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Bathgate

County: West Lothian

Electoral Ward: Bathgate

Traditional County: West Lothian

Description

The monument comprises a burial cairn of Bronze Age date surviving as a grassed-over stony mound.

The monument occupies the summit of Raven Craig, a rocky hillock, at around 290m OD, some 1200m SSW of the major prehistoric ceremonial complex of Cairnpapple. It comprises a substantial cairn some 9m in diameter by around 1.5m high. The cairn is defined by a series of large boulders, of which six remain in situ on the NW and SW, while others appear slightly displaced.

Despite some evidence of recent disturbance to the centre of the mound evidence of Bronze Age burials is likely to be present within, under and around the cairn.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the cairn and an area around it in which associated archaeological deposits may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 45m as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of Bronze Age burial and ritual practice. Its importance is enhanced by its proximity to the major prehistoric ceremonial complex at Cairnpapple.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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