Caves of Kilhern

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Caves of Kilhern

The Caves of Kilhern are a megalithic complex of the Bargrennan Tomb type . It is located approximately north of the hamlet of Kilhern, east of New Luce and north of Glenluce in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland .

Caves of Kilhern

Of the only 14 examples of this type, the majority are in Dumfries and Galloway. The name of the group, whose characteristic is a passage tomb in the round hill, was the White Cairn of Bargrennan.

The trapezoidal cairn of the Passage Tomb , which is untypical for Bargrennan Tombs, has a length of about 33.5 m with widths of about 20.7 m in the almost straight north-east and 12.2 m in the south-west. Along the well-defined north edge, the northeast-southwest oriented hill rises to a height of 1.7 m, but the center is significantly lower and hollowed out in some places. There are the remains of four chambers, two clearly visible axially and two on the sides of the mound, as well as evidence of the existence of a fifth. Only the chamber on the east side has retained its capstone.


  • Vicky Cummings, Chris Fowler: From Cairn to Cemetery. An Archaeological Investigation of the Chambered Cairns and Early Bronze Age Mortuary Deposits at Cairnderry and Bargrennan White Cairn, south-west Scotland (= BAR. British Series. 434). Archaeopress, Oxford 2007, ISBN 978-1-4073-0039-9 .
  • Audrey Shore Henshall: The chambered tombs of Scotland. Volume 2. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 1972, ISBN 0-85224-190-9 , pp. 539-540.

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Coordinates: 54 ° 56 '30.2 "  N , 4 ° 48' 50.9"  W.