Scheduled Monument

Ben Hiant House,cairn 620m S ofSM6174

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
10/04/1995
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Ardnamurchan
NGR
NM 48697 63214
Coordinates
148697, 763214

Description

The monument consists of a prehistoric cairn on a ridge on the E side of Kilchoan Bay.

The cairn measures about 16m in diameter and stands to a height of about 2m. There are traces of a hole that has been excavated into the top of the cairn, but otherwise it is well preserved. Several kerb- stones protrude through the turf on the SW side.

The area to be scheduled measures 50m N-S by 45m E-W, to include the cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the cairn may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric burial practices and ritual beliefs. The cairn may also seal an old ground surface containing evidence for the environment of the area at the time of building of the cairn.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 46 SE 4.

Reference:

RCAHMS (1972) Argyll Inventory, Vol. 3, No. 53.

About Scheduled Monuments

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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