Cairnpapple Hill

Cairn with burial grave and henge
West Lothian, Lothian
Nearest town: Bathgate
Nearest village: Torphichen
Map reference: NS 987717

Cairnpapple Image A grave is built under the cairn

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The hilltop of Cairnpapple, in West Lothian, was chosen as a ritual and burial site around 2800 BC and was used until about 1500 BC. A huge cairn was built within the western half of a henge. A concrete cover now shows the outline of the cairn, and it is possible to descend into it by means of a ladder to view the burials found underneath it. It is thought that its name comes from the Gaelic carn (cairn) and the Old English popel (a heap of loose stones).

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