Cairnpapple Hill

Cairnpapple Hill
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Cairnpapple Hill

One of the most important prehistoric sites in Scotland, Cairnpapple Hill rises to 310m (1017 feet) southeast of Torphichen in West Lothian. Five periods of settlement stretching over 3000 years are represented by a series of monuments that include a henge and burial pits containing beaker ware, a large cairn built over two Bronze Age cist burials and assorted burials from varying periods. Excavation took place in the 1940s and the cairn was removed, with the contents now protected by a concrete dome. The monuments are in the care of Historic Environment Scotland. There is a significant transmitter mast located on a subsidiary summit to the southwest.


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