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South Brachmont,mound and stone setting 760m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0463 / 57°2'46"N

Longitude: -2.3067 / 2°18'24"W

OS Eastings: 381488

OS Northings: 795069

OS Grid: NO814950

Mapcode National: GBR XF.46JV

Mapcode Global: WH8Q2.J5S1

Entry Name: South Brachmont,mound and stone setting 760m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4872

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: mound (ritual or funerary)

Location: Durris

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

Description

The monument comprises the turf-covered remains of a mound with, in its centre, a setting of stones. The mound measures 11m from NNW to SSE by 6.5m transversely and 0.5m in height. The main part of the stone setting is U-shaped, comprising 7 upright slabs (up to 0.95m by 0.2m and at least 0.5m high) and measures c 2.5m by 2.2m; it is open to the SW. The setting seems to extend round to the S, suggesting possibly a facade in the middle of which the open setting might lie.

It is likely that the mound and setting are ceremonial and/or funerary structures of the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. An area measuring 30m in diameter centred on the mound is proposed for scheduling, to include the mound, the stone setting and an area around in which traces of activity associated with their use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an unusual complex of structures. If, as is likely, they are prehistoric ceremonial or burial structures, they have the potential to enhance our understanding of the variety of monuments of this type, as well as offering opportunities to increase our knowledge of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices. The monument has an intrinsic value as a type which cannot immediately be placed within existing typologies.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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