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While digging a cutting for a new road in 1795,  a series of objects were discovered, chief amongst these a selection of cinerary urns as well as human remains. The find was reported by the Old Statistical Account in the following way:

'...there was lately found, near the outside of (a cairn) which had been carried away almost level with the surface of the field, six earthen pots, resembling urns, alternately ranged in the earth, with the mouth of one and the bottom of another up. In each, there was a small quantity of human bones, which evidently had been burnt. Parts of the skulls, and other human bones, are very distinct. They were carelessly left by the workmen who found them upon the publick road, where some idle boys broke them in pieces; but from the information that could be got, and fragments that were picked up, no inscription had been on them.'

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A later investigation into the location of this find in 1887 by G Wilson of the Antiquarian Society of Scotland concluded that the find-spot was at the foot of Glenluce Mote Hill (NX 193 572).  G Wilson 1887; 1889

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