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Wood Cairn, cairn, Eldrig Fell

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9823 / 54°58'56"N

Longitude: -4.7325 / 4°43'57"W

OS Eastings: 225242

OS Northings: 568711

OS Grid: NX252687

Mapcode National: GBR 45.X8LX

Mapcode Global: WH2S5.81NC

Entry Name: Wood Cairn, cairn, Eldrig Fell

Scheduled Date: 11 January 1938

Last Amended: 23 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1953

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kirkcowan

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Wigtownshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn, a prehistoric burial mound dating from the Neolithic or early Bronze Age period (c.4000-1500BC). The monument was originally scheduled in 1938 but the area covered by the designation was ambiguous. The current scheduling rectifies this.

The cairn stands at around 225m OD on the summit of Eldrig Fell where it commands extensive views over the surrounding landscape. It is roughly circular in shape, approximately 18m in diameter, and stands around 2m high. Despite the construction of modern marker cairns on its surface, the body of the cairn survives comparatively intact and it therefore has the potential to retain any original funerary or ritual deposits undisturbed.

The area to be scheduled is a circle, 40m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it where remains relating to its construction and use may be expected to survive, as shown in red on the attached plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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