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Cairnfield, cairn 290m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Howe of Fife and Tay Coast, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2876 / 56°17'15"N

Longitude: -3.1337 / 3°8'1"W

OS Eastings: 329920

OS Northings: 711149

OS Grid: NO299111

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.7XLD

Mapcode Global: WH6R2.T7Z6

Entry Name: Cairnfield, cairn 290m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 19 June 1936

Last Amended: 28 February 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM789

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Collessie

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Howe of Fife and Tay Coast

Traditional County: Fife


The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric, probably Bronze Age, date, visible as a grass-covered mound.

The monument lies at the edge of a forestry plantation, at around 45m OD. It comprises a grass-covered cairn measuring about 11m in diameter and standing to a height of about 0.6m, surrounded by a ditch and external bank. The ditch measures up to about 4m wide, while the bank measures between 6m and 9m in width and about 0.6m in height. At the field boundary on the ESE of the monument, ploughing has destroyed part of the enclosing bank. The overall diameter of the site, including the bank and ditch, is about 29m. The original scheduling protects an inadequate area; this extension rectifies that situation.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is a truncated circle with a diameter of 50m, bounded on the ESE by a fence, 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 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



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NO 21 SE 20.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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