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Finzean House,long cairn 390m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Banchory and Mid Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0335 / 57°2'0"N

Longitude: -2.674 / 2°40'26"W

OS Eastings: 359190

OS Northings: 793797

OS Grid: NO591937

Mapcode National: GBR WW.BTH1

Mapcode Global: WH7NR.WGVX

Entry Name: Finzean House,long cairn 390m N of

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4625

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Birse

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument consists of a massive long cairn of the period 4000BC to 2500BC, with a straight eastern facade. It measures 33m ESE/WNW, 26m NNE/SSW at its ESE end and 9m NNE/SSW at its WNW end. It is steep sided and 3.5m high at its ESE end. On top of it stones have been rearranged in modern times to form small enclosures. It appears to be unexcavated.

The area proposed for scheduling measures 55m ESE/WNW by 40m NNE/SSW and includes an area within which traces of activities associated with the cairn are likely to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an excellently preserved long cairn with the potential to increase our knowledge of Neolithic burial customs and architecture, and of the vegetation and landuse of the vicinity in the Neolithic period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO59SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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