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Hillhead,long cairn 320m south west of Upper Craighill

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.8822 / 56°52'55"N

Longitude: -2.3371 / 2°20'13"W

OS Eastings: 379557

OS Northings: 776805

OS Grid: NO795768

Mapcode National: GBR XB.Z5JQ

Mapcode Global: WH8QV.28DW

Entry Name: Hillhead,long cairn 320m SW of Upper Craighill

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4534

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Arbuthnott

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a burial cairn of the period 4000 to 3000 BC. Oriented ENE-WSW, it is 50m long and 1.8m high. It is 22m across at the ENE end and 12m wide at the WSW end. It is crossed by a trench near its middle but is otherwise in good condition. The area to be scheduled measures 70m (ENE-WSW) x 30m transversely and includes an area in which traces of activities associated with use of the cairn will survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is an excellent example of a Neolithic long burial cairn, and because it has the potential to increase our understanding of Neolithic burial practices and of the vegetation and land use of the surrounding area at the time it was built.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 77 NE 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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