Alternative Names Cairntable
Site Type CAIRN(S)
Canmore ID 45545
Site Number NS72SW 1
NGR NS 724 242
Council EAST AYRSHIRE
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District CUMNOCK AND DOON VALLEY
Former County AYRSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NS 7247 2423 and NS 7242 2422
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|Notes and Activities|
NS72SW 1 724 242.
(A: NS 7247 2423; B: NS 7242 2422) Cairns (NR)
OS 6" map (1958)
Two cairns occupy conspicuous positions on the summit of Cairn Table (592.5m OD).
The E cairn (A) measures 16m in diameter and 3.5m in height; it seems to be relatively undisturbed. A bronze armlet and ring, found together under a boulder on its E margin, were donated to the NMAS in 1933 (Acc Nos: FA 90, 91). Though thought to be of Early Bronze date, and Iron Age date has recently been suggested for them (M Macgregor 1976).
Cairn 'B', 30m WSW of 'A', has been heavily robbed to provide material for a modern memorial cairn near by, and now measures about 12m in diameter and 1m in height. An OS triangulation station has been erected on it.
RCAHMS 1978, visited 1971; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1934; J M Coles 1971
These two cairns were in a similar condition when visited in 1954.
Visited by OS (JLD) 27 July 1954
No change to previous field report.
Surveyed at 1:10 000.
Visited by OS (JB) 10 April 1978
|Books and References|
Coles, J M (1971b) 'Scottish Early Bronze Age metalwork', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.101
Macgregor, M (1976) Early Celtic art in north Britain: a study of decorative metalwork from the third century B.C. to the third century A.D., two vols Leicester
Page(s): 106, no.225 Held at RCAHMS E.9.MAC
PSAS (1934) 'Donations to and purchases for the Museum and Library', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.68