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Killocraw, cairn 450m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.5128 / 55°30'46"N

Longitude: -5.6998 / 5°41'59"W

OS Eastings: 166503

OS Northings: 630560

OS Grid: NR665305

Mapcode National: GBR DG94.HZ5

Mapcode Global: WH0LQ.FP0N

Entry Name: Killocraw, cairn 450m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 1 April 1975

Last Amended: 15 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3664

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Killean and Kilchenzie

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument comprises a prehistoric burial cairn, which appears as a low grassy mound approximately 13.5m in diameter and 1m high.

The cairn is sited on a small knoll overlooking a burn to the N, in rough grazing.

The monument is being rescheduled because the original scheduling was wrongly sited. The area now to be scheduled measures 55m in diameter to include the cairn and an area around it in which remains associated with its contruction and use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is an example of a typical early prehistoric burial cairn which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices, and also of the past environment, as the cairn material will have helped to preserve the prehistoric ground surface buried beneath it. The cairn is also of considerable interest as part of a group of monuments including another scheduled cairn (SM 3647) 275m to the NE, and a cup-marked boulder (SM 209) 450m to the NE. There are also numerous unscheduled cup-marked stones in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NR63SE 14.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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