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The Cloven Stones Burial Cairn

Period: Neolithic

NGR Easting: 242920

NGR Northing: 481410

Description: Neolithic chambered cairn. The site has never been excavated, but is thought to be a passage grave aligned on a NNE-SSW axis, with a chamber 2.4m wide and 4.2m long, based on the partially exposed structure. The stones are situated in the front garden of a bungalow, and are closely constricted between the building and the road, both of which have contributed to the destruction of the rest of the structure. A true sense of ground level is difficult to establish as both the road and the bungalow are sunken below the level of the monument. The appearance therefore, is of a raised mound from which the tops of seven stones of the chamber and the septal stone protrude together with two portal stones. The latter are of a monumental scale and stand to a height of 1.8 m and 1.7 m respectively. On the north-west side the chamber is obscured by the garden wall, but to the south-east the entire length of the side slabs remain in situ as revetting between the raised garden and the wall of the dwelling.

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Site & Monument Type: burial cairn, chambered

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: 1072.00

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