Scheduled Monument

Toftgun,cairn and shieling 1950m SSE ofSM5799

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain), Secular: shieling
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 28521 40928
328521, 940928


This monument is a probable prehistoric cairn and a post medieval shieling in a forestry clearing on sloping ground.

The cairn consists of a large, grass-grown, mound of stone about 21m in diameter and 1.5m in maximum height. A single embedded stone protruding from the top of the cairn may indicate the existence of a chamber. There is a quantity of loose stone on the surface of the mound and the foundations of a small dry-stone building, a shieling, immediately to the SE of the mound.

The area to be scheduled measures 45m E-W by 45m N-S, to include the probable cairn, the shieling and an area around in which traces of activities associated with their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual belief and burial practices, and for the information it may contain concerning seasonal use of upland pasture.



RCAHMS records the monument as ND24SE 8.

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