Scheduled Monument

Greadal Fhinn,chambered cairnSM6173

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn; cist
Local Authority
NM 47659 63979
147659, 763979


The monument consists of the substantial remains of a chambered cairn situated on the summit of a broad knoll.

The chambered cairn is nearly circular in plan and measures 22.6m by 21.3m. The cairn has been extensively robbed of its stone and stands to a height of only 0.6m. Close to its S edge there is a slab which may have been an original kerb-stone. There are two burial chambers: the central example is a cist, while that on the SE side is a passage-grave.

Seven of the upright stones and one of the capstones of the passage-grave survive and the stumps of two other stones are visible. The area to be scheduled measures 45m E-W by 40m N-S, to include the chambered cairn and an area around in which traces of activities asociated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual beliefs and burial practices. Considerable remains of the prehistoric cist and passage-grave survive and these illustrate aspects of prehistoric ritual architecture.



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 46 SE 1.


RCAHMS (1972) Argyll Inventory, Vol. 3, No. 3.

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