We are still looking for assistance in putting together a local history of Tyndrum, but Philip Dunshea, an historian at the University of Cambridge, has been in touch with information about a very interesting discovery near Tyndrum.

Lying to the North West of Tyndrum is a large cairn, possibly originating from the Bronze Age, called Carn Droma, Carn Druim or Carn Drom. The monument used to mark the entry point to Argyll on the route now taken by the A85 Glasgow to Oban road. The cairn marks the spot where the route crossed the watershed divide between the Tay basin and the lands of Loch Awe and Lorne. Prior to the formation of the kingdom of Scotland, this was the frontier between the Picts of the east and the Scots of Dal Riata in the west.

The cairn itself is partly covered by forestry plantations and is in a dilipidated state, and has not appeared on local maps for around two centuries. However, the cairn is interesting from a number of perspectives including the geopolitics of ancient Scotland. It is now protected under the West of Scotland Archaeology Service’s remit but would benefit from further investigation and conservation.

Many thanks to Phillip for bringing this to our attention – it is a significant find. Further information can be found at http://www.wosas.net/wosas_site.php?id=66102

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