Scheduled Monument

North Kirktonmoor,cairn 330m SW ofSM5645

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)
Local Authority
East Renfrewshire
NS 55403 51403
255403, 651403


The monument comprises a burial cairn which is situated on a slight terrace to the SW of North Kirktonmoor farmsteading.

Trapezoidal on plan, it consists of a platform of stones which measures 22m from E to W by 15m transversely. The shape may in part be due to the effects of ploughing; there has also been some robbing of the interior of the cairn, although not in recent times.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around in which traces of evidence associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved burial cairn, of probable Bronze Age date, which has the potential to provide information about prehistoric burial and ritual practice, as well as to provide environmental and dating evidence from the old ground surface which it has sealed.



The monument is RCAHMS number NS 55 SS 23.

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