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Mid-Argyll - 21
Glebe Cairn

Site/Artefact
Glebe Cairn

Type
Round cairn

Site Number
21

National Grid Reference
1833 East
6989 North

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Ordnance Survey Landranger 55

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Excavation Details
Excavated in 1864 by Greenwell.

On excavation two concentric circles of boulders with a slab-built cist in the centre were discovered within the cairn, and another, probably later, boulder-built cist was found in the centre of the cairn.

Description
This is the northernmost of the five cairns of Kilmartin's linear cemetery. On excavation in 1864 two concentric circles of boulders were discovered with a central cist and another cist in the cairn's centre. One cist contained a Food Vessel and a jet necklace. The other contained a Food Vessel only.

The Glebe cairn, built on the valley floor, would have probably sited close to the East bank of the meandering Kilmartin burn, which can now be seen running its straight canalised form behind. The glacial terraces in shadow behind describe the higher levels of former seas before the land isostatically rebound shortly after deglaciation. Both Food Vessels are on display at Kilmartin House museum, as is a cut-away scale model of the cairn.

Access/Ownership
The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is open to the public. The site has parking.

References

Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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