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Cairn o'Mount,cairns

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.9162 / 56°54'58"N

Longitude: -2.5775 / 2°34'39"W

OS Eastings: 364934

OS Northings: 780692

OS Grid: NO649806

Mapcode National: GBR WZ.LBDS

Mapcode Global: WH8QJ.CFV9

Entry Name: Cairn o'Mount,cairns

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4968

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Fordoun

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises the remains of two burial cairns of the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The better preserved cairn measures 15.5m in diameter and 3.5m in height; it has suffered some disturbance but mainly in the form of additions. The second cairn, which lies c. 50m to the ESE, on the edge of the B974, has been damaged by quarrying and measures 10m in diameter and 0.3m in height.

The better preserved cairn is likely to cover at least one burial, as might the damaged one. The area to be scheduled measures 100m E to W by 60m transversely, to include the two cairns and an area between and around them in which traces of activities associated with their use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map; the modern fence in the scheduled area is specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved cairn which is also a well known landmark, it has the potential to enhance our understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practices. The second cairn is included because even in its damaged state, more than 50% survives, and the remains of the buried deposits will enhance our understanding of the better preserved cairn, with the potential to increase our knowledge of the development of the relationship of the two cairns. The cairns may be of particular significance because of their spectacular sighting.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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