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Mains of Careston, barrows 100m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7281 / 56°43'41"N

Longitude: -2.7557 / 2°45'20"W

OS Eastings: 353855

OS Northings: 759856

OS Grid: NO538598

Mapcode National: GBR WS.Z7C0

Mapcode Global: WH7Q8.M5Z0

Entry Name: Mains of Careston, barrows 100m E of

Scheduled Date: 7 May 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6391

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Careston

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of two round barrows of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The barrows lie on gently sloping arable farmland at around 60m OD. The W-most comprises a well-defined round barrow some 8m in diameter with a ditch some 1-2m wide. The central burial pit is clearly visible. Close by to the ESE is a second barrow, slightly smaller and with no visible grave pit. Numerous other cropmarks in the vicinity may represent further barrows or associated structures.

Barrows such as these can date to either the Bronze Age or the later prehistoric period. The area to be scheduled encompasses the remains of the barrows and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 80m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 55 NW 65.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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