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The Neolithic

Ritual

Burial Cairn, Cairnholy II

Period:
Neolithic
Description:

This Clyde-type chambered cairn is traditionally the tomb of Caldus, the mythical Scottish King. Its outline is roughly oblong, measuring 23m by 12m, including a pair of portal stones. There was also a very shallow v-shaped forecourt.

 

Excavated by Piggott and Powell in 1950, the rear chamber had been previously robbed, and the other disturbed, but a leaf-shaped arrowhead and a flint knife of Arran-type came from the filling, along with secondary sherds of Bronze age Beaker pottery.