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Crosswood, cairn 750m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in East Livingston and East Calder, West Lothian

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Latitude: 55.7964 / 55°47'47"N

Longitude: -3.5017 / 3°30'6"W

OS Eastings: 305951

OS Northings: 656920

OS Grid: NT059569

Mapcode National: GBR 31ZD.PZ

Mapcode Global: WH5S3.5KSS

Entry Name: Crosswood, cairn 750m SE of

Scheduled Date: 10 February 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11245

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: West Calder

County: West Lothian

Electoral Ward: East Livingston and East Calder

Traditional County: Midlothian


The monument is a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a turf-covered mound, lying in rough pasture at 302m OD.

The cairn measures c. 8m in diameter and is c. 0.5m high. It has been reduced in size in the past through stone robbing. Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain burials and other material relating to their mode of construction and use.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 20m centred on the centre of the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, 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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NT05NE13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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