Sites and Monument Record: Airngath Hill Cists (SMR 119)

While making the 17th green of the West Lothian Golf course in 1925, several graves were found about 366 m NE of the Hope Monument. Whilst these lie just metres outside of the Falkirk District the burial ground probably extended into it. Two long slab-lined graves aligned NNW-SSE occurred only 2.1 m apart. They were found close to the surface and had lost their cover slabs. The bottoms were paved with sandstone slabs, forming cists measuring 1.58 m by 0.36m, and 1.37 m by 0.33 m, and 0.28 m deep. Both sides had converged slightly towards the E.
Near by, a small cist like paved structure had been formed. It was triangular in plan being 0.51 m long internally, and 0.23 m deep. About 7 m W of these some incinerated bones were found together with a sandstone slab, possibly representing another much damaged cist. there was an oval chamber built of small boulders with a large block at the e and W ends, 1.07 m by 0.61 m internally and 0.76 m deep, containing a few fragments of bone. Adjacent to this was a deposit of bone beneath three small flat stones. The only associated object was a jet ring, now in the National Museum. Burials had been discovered in this area in the previous century. A food vessel came from the site and is in the possession of W Cadell, along with a cup-marked stone.
Earlier finds of stone coffins from this area are shown on the 1st ed OS onwards.

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NT 005 794
NT 0050 7949
NT 0055 7930
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