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Chambered Tomb

<b>Cairnderry</b>Posted by greywetherImage © greywether
Nearest Town:Newton Stewart (18km SE)
OS Ref (GB):   NX316799 / Sheet: 76
Latitude:55° 5' 5.04" N
Longitude:   4° 38' 19.26" W

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Noticeably overgrown and 'let go' since Greywether's posts, I had a bit of difficulty trying to reconcile what I saw here..... too wide for a long cairn, etc.... until I caught on that it represented the remains of a multi-chambered round cairn.

The siting, alongside a dusty foresty track with grafitti-defiled signage, within close proximity of the A714, isn't exactly the most salubrious, but that's not the monument's fault, is it?

Perhaps best to visit prior to seeing the nearby White Cairn - an aperitif, if you like - I nevertheless found the site to be a 'grower' and well worth a short visit before going to find a wild camp in Glen Trool for the night.
5th June 2010ce
Edited 6th June 2010ce

Revisited 19 February 2004

This is another Bargrennan-style tomb (third today!). It is in the process of detailed excavation and has been backfilled since my last visit making the main features easier to make out. Further work will continue this year.

There are three chambers (S with a capstone, E and N) in a round cairn. What looks like the remains of a kerb can also be seen in the W.
greywether Posted by greywether
20th February 2004ce
Edited 20th February 2004ce

In a clearing next to a forestry track just off the A714. Easy parking.

Under excavation when I visited it late one day in August 2003. See link to interim excavation reports.
greywether Posted by greywether
8th December 2003ce


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The 2003 excavations uncovered a number of pits below slabs outside the cairn all containing cremated bone and charcoal.

In one of them (just outside one of the cairn's passage entrances) was an upturned collared urn and a fine battleaxe from early second millennium bce.

Further evidence of the continuing use of Neolithic monuments (or, at least, their location) into the Bronze Age.
greywether Posted by greywether
3rd September 2004ce


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Interim Excavation Reports

greywether Posted by greywether
8th December 2003ce
Edited 8th December 2003ce