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Excavation

Date 1967

Event ID 1005991

Category Recording

Type Excavation

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A cairn, and an associated standing stone (NM92NW 2), stand in pasture on the north side of the road through Glen Lonan. The cairn, which was excavated by the RCAHMS in 1967, is roughly circular, measuring 4.5 metres in overall diameter. It was originally kerbed by 15 large boulders of which 12 survive, measuring up to 1.3 metres in height on the south side, but apparently decreasing in size on the north side. White quartz chips had been deliberately placed round the bases of the kerbstones. The cairn material, earth, gravel and stones, was lower than the surrounding kerb, reaching a height of 0.75 metres only above natural ground level, and it is doubtful that it was ever of greater height.

On the old land surface there was a layer of burning and an unexplained hollow, and the base layer of the cairn material contained a very small quantity of cremated bone.

RCAHMS 1975, visited June 1967.

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