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Cairnshee Wood,cairn 750m SSW of Cairnshee

A Scheduled Monument in Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0339 / 57°2'2"N

Longitude: -2.4292 / 2°25'45"W

OS Eastings: 374046

OS Northings: 793730

OS Grid: NO740937

Mapcode National: GBR X6.W2CD

Mapcode Global: WH8Q0.NGFK

Entry Name: Cairnshee Wood,cairn 750m SSW of Cairnshee

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4810

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Durris

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a substantial burial cairn of the Early Bronze Age situated on the summmit of Cairnshee. It measures 23m in diameter and 3.6m in height. It has been slightly disturbed by the construction of small shelters from the stones but the burial deposits beneath the cairn will not have been disturbed. An area measuring 40m in diameter, centred on the cairn, is proposed for scheduling, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved and substantial burial mound which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial practices and the ceremonial activities associated with them.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 79 SW 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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