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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 674436

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NM56SE 2 56039 61856.

(NM 5605 6184) Old Burial Ground (NAT)

OS 6"map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1902)

(NM 5605 6184) Cladh Chiarain (NR)

(NM 5603 6184) Cross Slab (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1974)

An ancient burial ground called Cladh Chiarain, after St Ciaran mac an t-Saeir (d. 549) who is said to be buried there. It is a small enclosure and contains a cross-inscribed stone.

M E M Donaldson 1923; W J Watson 1926.

Burial-ground, Camas nan Geall: The remains of this burial-ground comprise a ruinous outer enclosure-wall and an inner structure of lime-mortared rubble masonry. This measures 8.2m from NE to SW 5.9m transversely within walls 0.5m in thickness which stand to a uniform height of 0.9m; the entrance is in the NE wall, This structure may be ascribed to the 18th century and it is possible that the burial-ground as a whole was created at that period for the Roman Catholic members of the family of Campbell of Ardslignish. (Three 18th-century funerary monuments within the burial ground are described by the RCAHMS - see NM56SE 6 for an earlier burial-ground in the vicinity.)

A standing stone immediately to the SW of the burial-ground measures 2.30m in height and 0.90m by 0.23m at the base. The stone itself has not been shaped, and was probably erected in its present position in the Bronze Age, but subsequently the W face has been decorated with several motifs, all carved in low relief within a plain border.

RCAHMS 1980, visited 1971

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