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Archaeology Notes

Date  - 1976

Event ID 698578

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NS08SW 4 0027 8432.

(NS 0028 8432) St Modan's Chapel (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map (1900)

This Clyde-type chambered long cairn measures 90' N-S by 46' at the N end, and 33' at the S end. Its edge is fairly clear, but there are no definite signs of a kerb; it is steep-sided on the W and S, but along the E side it is disturbed, with several hollows in the body of the cairn. At the N end, three upright stones, protruding about 2', but more than half hidden by the depth of cairn material in the forecourt, form a V-shaped facade. There is a portal stone on the E side of the entrance, which is 2'7" wide. Behind it, the tip of an earthfast stone set parallel may indicate a double portal.

All that is visible of the chamber is the upper parts of two side stones, now leaning together. They are about 5' long and 2'6" high. The size of the chamber cannot be estimated. Two tilted corbel stones rest over the E side slab. S of the chamber remains there is a hollow extending for 5'. At its S end lies a flat slab, which gives the impression of a secondary feature. It is probably very near the original end of the chamber. Just E of the hollow there is a flat slab, 3'1" x 6", apparently a capstone. Only its E edge is exposed. There is an upright earthfast boulder 4'7" E.

There appears to be no confirmatory evidence for a chapel existing here although the Ordnance Survey Name Book [ONB] states that gravestones were removed from this site to the modern burial ground at NR 995 841.

A S Henshall 1972; Name Book 1868

This chambered cairn is as described. There is no evidence for a chapel having stood here or in the vicinity.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (IA) 22 November 1972

No change to field report above.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (BS) 14 October 1976

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