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Capo Plantation, long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.7883 / 56°47'17"N

Longitude: -2.6015 / 2°36'5"W

OS Eastings: 363351

OS Northings: 766468

OS Grid: NO633664

Mapcode National: GBR WY.VK4G

Mapcode Global: WH8R3.0MGV

Entry Name: Capo Plantation, long barrow

Scheduled Date: 1 March 1988

Last Amended: 22 March 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4444

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long barrow

Location: Fettercairn

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a well preserved and massive Neolithic long burial barrow. The barrow is oriented E-W and is 80m long, 25m wide at the E end and 10m wide at the W end. At the E end it is 2.5m high. It has a regular smooth profile. The area to be scheduled measures 100m (E-W) x 45m (N-S) and is likely to include traces of ritual and ceremonial activities associated with construction of the mound and with the burials in it.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an exceptionally fine field monument and because it has the potential to enlarge our understanding of Neolithic burial practices and rituals. Information from the well preserved old ground surface underneath could potentially tell us about Neolithic vegetation and landuse in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 66 NW 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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