Cairn Table

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Alternative Names Cairntable
Site Type CAIRN(S)
Canmore ID 45545
Site Number NS72SW 1
NGR NS 724 242
Former County AYRSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NS 7247 2423 and NS 7242 2422

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Archaeological Notes

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
Page(s): 89

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
Page(s): 11

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