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Temple Wood Stone Circles

Site/Artefact
Temple Wood Stone Circles and Cairns

Type
Standing Stone Circle

Site Number

National Grid Reference
1826 East
6978 North

Map ( 1:25000)
Ordnance Survey Explorer No 358

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Excavation Details
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Description
Remains of two stone circles lie within sight of Kilmartin's linear cemetery and Nether Largie standing stones. Excavations in 1929 and 1974-9 revealed a sequence of use over at least 2,000 years. One circle may date to 3,500. Burials and pottery associated with the other are over 1000 years younger.

This is one of the few key sites around Kilmartin which has been treated to a thorough, modern excavation. Several features give an Irish flavour to this west coast monument. It is thought that the northern circle was constructed to align with the mid-day sun on the winter solstice.

At the heart of the complex known as the 'Linear Cemetery', Temple Wood was used several times in different ways over a period of 2000 years after the first construction, from around 3500 BC to 1400 BC. It found a new use when someone deposited a hoard of coins there in the ninth century.

Access/Ownership
Managed by Historic Scotland, this site is fully accessible, including disabled carpark and gate.

References

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Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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