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West Mains Hill

A steep little hill in W Angus, West Mains Hill overlooks West Mains Farm and the Clushmill Burn a mile (1.5 km) west of the village of Auchterhouse and 1¼ miles (2 km) southeast of the Long Loch. It has two summits reaching of 290m (951 feet) and 279m (915 feet) respectively. The higher summit is marked by West Mains Cairn which comprises the remains of a burial cairn situated in rough pasture measuring some 21m (69 feet) E-W by about 22m (72 feet) N-S, and about 1.5m (5 feet) maximum height. In 1897 excavations uncovered a double cist in the centre of the cairn containing evidence for Bronze Age burials, along with signs of structural complexity in the cairn's construction. These excavations may be responsible for two areas of disturbance visible in the centre and on the northwest of the cairn surface. The cairn is otherwise intact and is surmounted by an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar and a modern monument apparently constructed from spoil from the 1897 excavations.


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