Scheduled Monument

Upper Latheron,chambered cairn 530m ESE ofSM5311

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
ND 18437 31688
318437, 931688


The site consists of a ruined cairn about 18m in diameter and 0.8m high. At the centre of the cairn are 4 upright stone slabs which represent the end stone and divisional slabs of an internal chamber within the cairn. The area to be scheduled measures 50m SW-NE by 40m SE-NW, to include the chambered cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use will survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Statement of National Importance

This monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual beliefs and burial practices.



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 SE 3.

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