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East Finnercy,cairn 330m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Westhill and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.1289 / 57°7'44"N

Longitude: -2.3902 / 2°23'24"W

OS Eastings: 376475

OS Northings: 804292

OS Grid: NJ764042

Mapcode National: GBR X7.XZ6S

Mapcode Global: WH8PN.821Q

Entry Name: East Finnercy,cairn 330m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6076

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Echt

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Westhill and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument is a round burial cairn of the prehistoric period, probably of the Bronze Age, standing on the crest of a ridge.

The turf-covered burial cairn is of a substantial size, measuring about 26.5m in diameter N-S and about 22m in diameter E-W and 2.0m high. It has been partially excavated in the past, resulting in a hollowed area in the S crown of the mound and upcast which alters its profile from this direction. The excavation has revealed pottery of

an earlier period from the base of the mound, suggesting that the cairn may have been constructed on the site of previous Neolithic activity.

The area to be scheduled measures 80m in diameter centred on the burial cairn to include the burial cairn and an area around it in which further remains associated with its construction and use and previous use of the site may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a substantial prehistoric burial cairn of considerable interest. A substantial part of the fabric of the cairn is undisturbed, as are also the deposits beneath the burial cairn, which have demonstrated potential to increase our knowledge of the dating, construction and use of the burial cairn and of earlier structures which may lie beneath it.

The monument is of particular importance because it has the potential to illustrate the continuity of use of burial sites during the prehistoric period and may allow re-evaluation of the dating of other similar structures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 70 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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