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The Five Hillocks

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


To some early antiquarians The Five Hillocks (according to RCAHMS NMRS record no. HY40NE 4 the five in the NW corner of the site at HY45980536) were the Circle of Loda mentioned in the now largely discredited poems of Ossian. But archaeological survey found a kidney-shaped site of eight mounds, one lobe smaller than the other where there was report of a break in the surrounding bank. All have been excavated at some time unknown. In one the depression extends down to the base and exposes a small edge-set earthfast slab that could represent a cist. Since the first report one barrow has been lost, and at the time of the second report the southernmost was going the same way. The bank is spread low about 10' across, the mounds are up to 7' high and 15-40' across. wideford Posted by wideford
13th November 2005ce

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