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Montgoldrum,cairn 750m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.8872 / 56°53'13"N

Longitude: -2.2967 / 2°17'48"W

OS Eastings: 382017

OS Northings: 777352

OS Grid: NO820773

Mapcode National: GBR XF.GNTZ

Mapcode Global: WH8QV.P5J1

Entry Name: Montgoldrum,cairn 750m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4820

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Arbuthnott

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a well preserved burial cairn measuring 16.5m in diameter and 1m in height, situated in an unploughed area. It will cover at least one burial and others may have been dug into its surface; it will cover a contemporary land surface, under or on which may be preserved the remains of earlier settlement or burial activity. The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as well preserved burial cairn which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. Its importance is enhanced by the survival in the vicinity of other burial sites and of standing stones. The old land surface under the cairn has the potential to enhance our understanding of prehistoric land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 87 NW 4, 5, 21, 22 and 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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