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Fordsland Ledge Chambered Cairn

Fordsland Ledge Chambered Cairn

Photo taken on 26-06-2022

Database entries

OS Map: SX 57581 88897
OS Source: Google
HER: MDV3169
Megalithic Portal: 36418
PMD: Fordsland Ledge
Alternate name: Fordsland Ledge
Short Name: CN Fordsland
Butler map: 42.3
Butler Vol 5: p.160 & Fig.98
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: Butler
Cist Class: Maybe
Cairn Class: Yes
Dimensions (m): 10 x 0.4
Lidar: SX 57581 88897
Nearby sites: SX 57581 88897


" In a crest position on Fordsland Ledge at 581.0m OD is the disturbed remains of a turf-and-heather-covered cairn. It measures 12.2m by 13.9m in diameter and is 1.1m high. In a hollow in the centre are a number of large stones suggesting the possibility of a former cist or even a chamber, utilizing the natural outcrop as its base." "The large stones visible in the centre of the feature are somewhat unusual and not typical of a cist-like structure. The presence of a chamber is very doubtful and it is more likely that the interior of the cairn has, at some point, been remodelled to create a small shelter."


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