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Glenreasdale Mains

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Glenreasdale Mains

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Glenreasdell; Arg 26

Canmore ID 39301

Site Number NR85NE 4

NGR NR 8649 5825

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Saddell And Skipness
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR85NE 4 8649 5825

(NR 8648 5825) Stone Circle (NR)

OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1924)

This chambered cairn is situated on a slight knoll in a cultivated field. It has been much reduced by stone robbing and ploughing and now appears as a grass-grown mound of earth and stones, measuring 20.0m by 19.0m, rising 1.2m on the SW side, but only 0.5m on the NE. The remains of two roofless burial chambers - 'A' and 'B' on plan are visible near the centre of the cairn material. The tops of slabs 'C' and 'D' stand up to 0.84m above the cairn surface, both are almost certainly in their original positions. Several additional large stones which may be seen among the cairn material are not included in the plan as they are all dislodged and no longer have any structural significance.

On the evidence of the surviving remains, it is likely that the cairn was originally trapezoidal or oblong on plan, oriented NE-SW, and that chambers 'A' and 'B' are side chambers, a third chamber-possibly the main one-being represented by one or other of stones 'C' and 'D'.

RCAHMS 1971, visited 1963.

As described.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (IA) 16 August 1973.

NR 8649 5825. As described in the previous information.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (TRG) 22 February 1977.

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Field Visit (May 1963)

Cairn, Glenreasdell Mains (ARG 26).

This cairn (Fig. 13) stands at a height of 45 m O.D. on a slight knoll in a cultivated field 185 m SE. of Glenreasdell Mains. It has been severely reduced by stone-robbing and ploughing and now appears as a grass-grown mound of earth and stones, measuring 20 m by 19 m, which rises to a height of 1.2 m on the SW. Side but only to 0.5 m on the NE. The remains of two roofless burial-chambers (A and B) are visible near the centre of the cairn material. Chamber A, measuring 2.7 m in length by 1.2 m in width internally, is aligned nearly NW. and SE. and its open end faces NW. The five surviving slabs are exposed to a maximum height of one metre, and, the interior of the chamber is largely filled with debris. Of chamber B, which lies 1.2 m from A and is aligned NW. and SE., four slabs are visible these indicate that the chamber was at least 2.4 m long by 1.0 m wide internally, and that it was divided into two compartments by a low transverse slab. In the NE. quadrant of the cairn there are two large isolated slabs (C and D), the tops of which are standing up to 0.84 m above the surface of the cairn; they are both almost certainly in their original positions. Several additional stones of considerable size, which can be seen among the cairn material, have not been included in the plan as they are all dislodged and no longer have any structural significance. On the evidence of the surviving remains it seems likely that the cairn was originally trapezoidal or oblong on plan, with the longer axis aligned NE. and SW., and that chambers A and B are side chambers, a third chamber (possibly the main one) being represented by one or other of the stones C and D.

RCAHMS 1971, visited May 1963

864 582 ccxiii ("Stone Circle")

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