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Blackhill Wood,long cairn and cairn east of

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.9268 / 56°55'36"N

Longitude: -2.3363 / 2°20'10"W

OS Eastings: 379626

OS Northings: 781770

OS Grid: NO796817

Mapcode National: GBR XB.W5QL

Mapcode Global: WH8QN.25Q6

Entry Name: Blackhill Wood,long cairn and cairn E of

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4509

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Glenbervie

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises a long burial cairn, a small round burial cairn and the area between them. The long cairn belongs in the period 4000-3000 BC. It is oriented EW with its broader, taller end to the east where it may be overlain by a small round cairn 8.5m across and 0.45m high. It is at least 47.6m long; at the E end it is at least 16.2m wide and 1.2m high and possibly 25m wide if it has, as appears, possible horns. At the W end it is 4.8m wide. Along the S side of the cairn are heaps of field-cleared stones. 30m to the E of the E end of the long cairn is at least one small round cairn 4.5m in diameter and 0.4m high. The area to be scheduled comprises both cairns and measures up to 110m EW by 35m NS to include traces of activities associated with the cairns.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it includes a good complex long cairn and at least one small round cairn and because it has the potential to increase our understanding of Neolithic and Bronze Age burial practices and of the vegetation and use of the land surrounding the cairns at the times they were built.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NO 78 SE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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