Scheduled Monument

Struanmore, chambered cairn 800m SW of Struan Primary SchoolSM7929

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
13/01/1999
Supplementary Information Updated
07/05/2021
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Bracadale
NGR
NG 33710 37621
Coordinates
133710, 837621

Description

The monument comprises a circular chambered cairn, a funerary and ritual monument dating from the Neolithic period (c.4000-2000 BC).

The cairn lies at around 25m OD on gently sloping land close to the shore. It is circular, approximately 28m in diameter and stands roughly 3m high. The cairn material has been slightly disturbed, but there is no evidence of major stone-robbing or excavation. At least four massive stones are partially visible within the body of the cairn on the E side, and these probably indicate the position of the chamber or its entrance passage. A possible peristalith (ring of large stones around outer perimeter) has also been recorded on the S and W sides of the cairn, overlain with slumped cairn material.

The area to be scheduled is a circle, measuring 50m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it where evidence relating to its construction and use may be expected to survive. This area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The above-ground elements of the stock fence which runs through the scheduled area are specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved example of a chambered cairn, which has the potential to contribute to our understanding of Neolithic funerary and ritual practices. As the cairn appears to have suffered little disturbance, it may contain original funerary deposits and preserve important contemporary environmental evidence.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NG 33 NW 10.

Reference:

Henshall, A. S. (1972) The chambered tombs of Scotland, Vol. 2, 488-9, SKY 8, Edinburgh.

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.

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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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