Ardachuple, Colintraive

Cairn, Charcoal Burning Platform(s), Platform(s)

Site Name Ardachuple, Colintraive

Classification Cairn, Charcoal Burning Platform(s), Platform(s)

Alternative Name(s) Ardentraive

Canmore ID 40461

Site Number NS07NW 8

NGR NS 015 785

NGR Description Centred NS 015 785

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Inverchaolain
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NS07NW 008 centred 015 785

A group of 20 platforms (centred NS 015 785) are contained within an area of approx 1km by 0.5km set on a steep hillside rising to 125m OD. They are some 7m in diameter. One platform, at NS 013 788, was excavated in July 1979. The front bank was revealed with large stones and the rear of the platform was cut into the slope. Several post-holes on the platform indicated an indeterminate structure. There were no finds.

A second platform, at NS 015 790, was excavated in December 1979. A small, rectangular, stone built structure was uncovered, apparently consisting of two rooms, one of which contained a small stone hearth. A rotary quern was found amongst paving in the N part. It is probably of a later date than the previously-excavated platform. Charcoal has been submitted for C14 dating.

Adjacent to one of the platforms at NS 015 790 is a circular pile of stones 3m diameter and kerbed around 270o of the circumference. There is an abundance of quartz chips amongst the stones.

J Kendrick 1979; 1980; E B Rennie 1981.

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