Carnassarie - Round Cairn
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The cairn was excavated in 1930.
This is one of a group of three cairns. This cairn is about 25m in diameter and now measures only 1.3m in height. The largest of the group, also known as Carn Ban, is 20m in diameter and over 3m high and commands wide views. Some original kerbstones remain round its perimeter, and a modern cairn has been built on its top. The third cairn is what may be a poorly preserved burial-cairn, 21m by 19m, with a possible chambered cairn in the centre. From this large commanding cairn it is possible to see all the way down the Kilmartin Valley. This view is taken looking N with the abandoned village of Old Carnassarie in the foreground. The easiest access route is to follow the track leading beneath Carnassarie Castle from the signposted car park.
Beyond the Castle it is private ground and permission should be sought.
- Campbell & Sandeman, 9, n.44
- Campbell & Sandeman, 12, no.70
- PSAS, 65 (1930-1), 375-8
- PSAS 95 (1960-1) p 9 no. 44
- DES (1976), 15
- RCAHMS Argyll vol. 6 no. 35 (1)
Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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