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Duntilland Hill, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Fortissat, North Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.8545 / 55°51'16"N

Longitude: -3.8676 / 3°52'3"W

OS Eastings: 283187

OS Northings: 663945

OS Grid: NS831639

Mapcode National: GBR 10FR.G5

Mapcode Global: WH4QL.K3HP

Entry Name: Duntilland Hill, cairn

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1980

Last Amended: 24 February 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4245

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: kerb cairn

Location: Shotts

County: North Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Fortissat

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn, situated above a very steep slope on the top of Duntilland Hill at 285m OD. This monument was first scheduled in 1980 and is being rescheduled to clarify the extent of the protected area and to bring the documentation up to modern standards.

It is round, measuring 13.2m E-W by 12.5m N-S and stands approximately 1m high. It is flat on top with a slight depression in the centre, and 4 kerb stone are visible around the side.

The area to be scheduled is a partial circle measuring 35m in diameter, less the southern portion. It includes the remains of the cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a Bronze Age burial cairn, few of which survive in the central lowlands of Scotland. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area and to improve our understanding of regional variation across the country.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by NMRS as NS86SW 4.


RCAHMS 1978, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Lanarkshire: an inventory of the prehistoric and Roman monuments, Edinburgh, 50, No. 43.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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