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Bellmuir,burial mounds 1450m ESE of Auchencrieve

A Scheduled Monument in Turriff and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.4223 / 57°25'20"N

Longitude: -2.2016 / 2°12'5"W

OS Eastings: 387990

OS Northings: 836904

OS Grid: NJ879369

Mapcode National: GBR N9X3.B33

Mapcode Global: WH9PB.4PWT

Entry Name: Bellmuir,burial mounds 1450m ESE of Auchencrieve

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4523

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Methlick

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Turriff and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a disc barrow and five smaller barrows in an arc around its S half. The disc barrow consists of a central platform 5.5m in diameter surrounded by a ditch 2m across and 0.2m deep, with an external bank. The other barrows are visible as ill-defined circular ditches averaging 1.5m across and 0.1m deep and varying between 6.5m and 8.5m in overall diameter. An area measuring a maximum of 65m (N-S) x 60m transversely is proposed for scheduling, to include the mounds and an area and between them in which traces of activity associated with their construction and use may survive. The modern fence at the NE edge of the scheduled area is specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a group of barrows which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial practices. The group is of particular importance because this type of low burial mound survives rarely because of its vulnerability to damage by ploughing.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NJ 83 NE 32.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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