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Lamlash Road, stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Ardrossan and Arran, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.554 / 55°33'14"N

Longitude: -5.1425 / 5°8'32"W

OS Eastings: 201887

OS Northings: 633407

OS Grid: NS018334

Mapcode National: GBR FGP1.178

Mapcode Global: WH1MX.ZNCL

Entry Name: Lamlash Road, stone circle

Scheduled Date: 13 May 1957

Last Amended: 22 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM401

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Kilbride

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ardrossan and Arran

Traditional County: Buteshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric stone circle. The monument was originally scheduled in 1957 and was rescheduled in 1963, but the area covered by the designation did not relate accurately to the remains on the ground: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument comprises four massive round-topped granite boulders, enclosing an area some 5m in diameter. They are set on the NW, W, SW and SE, and stand 0.86m, 0.50m, 1.16m and 0.83m in height respectively. The SW stone is marked on its top by two shallow cup-shaped depressions, joined by a groove 3mm deep and 30mm wide. An outlying stone, situated some 24m to the SSE, which is probably associated with the circle, stands up to 1.2m in height. There are five small portable stones placed within the setting to form an approximate circle, but these are undoubtedly later additions and not part of the original structure.

In 1861, a stone cist in the centre of the main stone circle was opened and found to contain black earth and fragments of burnt bone. Flint flakes and a flint implement were also recovered. There is now no sign of the cist.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them in which related material may be expected to survive. It is irregular in plan, with maximum dimensions of 40m from NW to SE by 25m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NS 03 SW 1.

Bibliography

Balfour, J. A. (ed.) (1910 c) The book of Arran, Vol. 1, [Glasgow], 121.

Bryce, J. (1863) 'Account of excavations within the stone circle of Arran', Proc. Soc. Antiq. Scot., 4, 1860-2, 513.

Burl, {H} A {W} (1976 a) The stone circles of the British Isles, London and New Haven, 354.

Coles, F. R. (1906 a) 'Report on stone circles surveyed in the North-East of Scotland, chiefly in Banffshire, with measured plans and drawings, obtained under the Gunning Fellowship', Proc. Soc. Antiq. Scot., 40, 1905-6, 296-9.

McVicar, J. B. (1975 b) 'W Clauchland Hills, grooved and socketed stone', Discovery and Excavation, Scotland, 1975, 16-17.

Name Book (County)() Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey Book No. 2, 60.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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