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The site was excavated by Mapleton, and then in 1864, by Greenwell. This excavation revealed 3 cists. This one was dug into the old ground surface with sides formed of drystone walling. The burnt and unburnt bones of 8-10 people were found, roughly separated by stone fragments.
The cairn is constructed of water-worn boulders and measures about 30m in diameter. It contains three cists, two of which are visible (as a result of stone robbing). The first is constructed of five slabs and the second is hollowed into the ground and has roughly built drystone walls. Both have covering slabs.The largest is clearly visible on the SE side of the cairn, missing one of its sides its large capstone is still in position.
Finds include two finely decorated Food Vessels and a stone axe.
Now surrounded by the exotic trees planted in the mid-19th century as part of the planned parkland landscape that appropriated a number of local monuments as secluded "picnic spots".
The site is owned by Historic Scotland and is open to the public. The site has parking.
- Campbell & Sandeman, 15, no.95
- RCAHMS Argyll vol 6 no. 48
- PSAS 6 (1864-6) p347-8
- PSAS 95 (1961-2) p15 no. 95
- Journal of the Ethnological Society of London, 2 (1869-70), 148, 150
Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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