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32 33 The Kilmartin valley, in Argyllshire, Scotland, is home to an extra ordinary concentration of prehistoric monuments dating from 4000 to 1200 BC. The dominant feature of Kilmartin is a straight line of burial cairns that follows the contour of the valley. The sites include an unnamed cairn north of Crinian Moss, the small and denuded Rowanfield cist whose axis points along the ley, Ri Cruin or the Kings Circle, a wellpreserved prehistoric tomb dating from 4000 BC containing three chambers and carved stones, a standing stone incised with cup and ring marks, Nether Largie South chambered cairn, 130ft in diameter and dating from 3500 BC and the tomb of a king or queen, the site of a chambered cairn destroyed at the turn of the century, and two more royal tombs, Nether Largie midCairn, 100ft across, and Nether Largie North, dating from 3000BC. The final tomb on the line is Glebe Cairn, once the tallest on the line. If projected further north the ley passes through the hill fort of Dun na Nighinn and terminates at the hill fort and natural pyramidal peak of Dun Chonnalaich. Opposite The royal burial mounds of the Kilmartin valley trace a straight line of eleven sites that lead to a sacred mountain peak. a SCOTTiSh rOyal lEy a line of kings, Argyllshire, Scotland
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