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Litterty Hill,cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6641 / 57°39'50"N

Longitude: -2.2682 / 2°16'5"W

OS Eastings: 384096

OS Northings: 863833

OS Grid: NJ840638

Mapcode National: GBR N8RG.PKK

Mapcode Global: WH9N4.4M5H

Entry Name: Litterty Hill,cairn

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5932

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Aberdour (Aberdeenshire)

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round burial cairn, and other burial remains, probably of the Bronze Age. It stands on Litterty Hill, on the E side of the Tore of Troup, a steep-sided valley.

The burial cairn, which is grass-covered, measures 24.0m in diameter and 0.5m high. Unmarked burial cists have been found about 50m S of the cairn. One of these was excavated, revealing a burial with beakers dating to the Bronze Age. The other cists are probably intact.

The area to be scheduled measures 100m in diameter to include the burial cairn and the adjacent cists and also an area around and between them in which further remains associated with their construction and use may survive. The area is marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a round burial cairn, probably of the Bronze Age, accompanied by other broadly contemporary burial remains. The cairn and the cists are part of a series of such funerary remains found in this area of NE Scotland; there are also other broadly contemporary settlement and burial remains surviving nearby in the Tore of Troup which are probably associated with this burial cairn.

The monument has the potential to increase substantially our knowledge of the funerary practice of the prehistoric period, particularly the Bronze Age, and is of particular significance because of the presence of the associated cists. Its proximity to, and possible relationship with, the other prehistoric remains also gives it group importance.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 86 SW 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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