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Killocraw, cairn 640m east of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 55.5141 / 55°30'50"N

Longitude: -5.6962 / 5°41'46"W

OS Eastings: 166740

OS Northings: 630690

OS Grid: NR667306

Mapcode National: GBR DG94.CMQ

Mapcode Global: WH0LQ.GNRP

Entry Name: Killocraw, cairn 640m E of

Scheduled Date: 1 April 1975

Last Amended: 15 November 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3647

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 15m in diameter and 1.5m high.

The cairn is sited on the N side of a small burn, 125m N of some disused farm buildings, in wet rough grazing.

The monument is being rescheduled because the original scheduling was wrongly located. 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.

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 preseve 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 3664) 275m to the SW, and a cup-marked boulder (SM 209) 170m to the NE. There are also numerous unscheduled cup-marked stones in the vicinity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NR63SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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