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Clearance Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Cogshead

Classification Clearance Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 46419

Site Number NS81SW 4

NGR NS 8290 1318

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Sanquhar
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NS81SW 4 8290 1318.

Cogshead stands almost in the centre of a Celtic burial ground. The graves are all circular, formed of little heaps of stones grassed over. On the green within the enclosure at Cogshead the graves are in some places arranged in straight rows, some larger and the others smaller.

R Simpson 1865

Centred NS 82901318: Two groups of small turf-and-stone mounds, which may have been linked by many more. Each mound averages 2.0m in diameter (many are smaller) and is no more than 0.2m high. They are comparable with the mounds on Sanquhar Moor (NS81SW 1) and may therefore only be field clearance heaps. (For discussion on the period and purpose of small cairns of this type, see NT05SE 3).

Visited by OS (JLD) 8 July 1954

Two groups of probable field clearance cairns as described. They are grass-covered and reduced almost to ground level. No other features are evident.

Visited by OS (BS) 2 November 1978


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