- Category: N/A
- Date Added: 10/04/1995
- Type: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)
- Local Authority: Highland
- Parish: Ardnamurchan
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NM 48697 63214
- Coordinates: 148697, 763214
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.
RCAHMS records the monument as NM 46 SE 4.
RCAHMS (1972) Argyll Inventory, Vol. 3, No. 53.
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