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Gerrieswells,long barrow and round cairn 400m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.4508 / 57°27'2"N

Longitude: -2.7081 / 2°42'29"W

OS Eastings: 357601

OS Northings: 840271

OS Grid: NJ576402

Mapcode National: GBR M9P1.03G

Mapcode Global: WH7LM.CZNK

Entry Name: Gerrieswells,long barrow and round cairn 400m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 18 December 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4908

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long barrow

Location: Drumblade

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a long burial mound of the Neolithic period, some 5000 years old, and a round burial cairn of the Bronze Age, about 3500 years old, situated on the summit of Newtongarry Hill. The long barrow is trapezoidal, measuring 51.5m long, 22m across at the NE end, 14.5m across at the SW end, and a maximum of 1.8m high (at the NE end).

The round cairn measures 9m E-W by 6m N-S and 1m high. There is a slight platform immediately to the S of the cairn. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 120m by 95m to include both burial sites and an area around both in which traces of activity associated with their construction and use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the well preserved remains of two prehistoric burial mounds which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of Neolithic and Bronze Age burial practices. The monument is of particular importance because long barrows are rare in Scotland and this well preserved example adds considerably to our knowledge of their distribution.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 54 SE 4.


NSA (1845) The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v, Vol. 12, 302, Edinburgh.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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