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The Ring,enclosed cairn 750m south east of Arnbarrow

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.8792 / 56°52'45"N

Longitude: -2.5607 / 2°33'38"W

OS Eastings: 365925

OS Northings: 776563

OS Grid: NO659765

Mapcode National: GBR X0.X83K

Mapcode Global: WH8QQ.MCT5

Entry Name: The Ring,enclosed cairn 750m SE of Arnbarrow

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4967

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Fordoun

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a prehistoric site of unusual design. The cairn itself is a stony mound 7.5m in diameter and 0.3m in height. It is surrounded by a low turf covered bank, concentric with it, c. 2m across and 0.3m high, enclosing an area 19m in diameter. White quartz blocks, a feature of prehistoric ceremonial sites, especially in the NE are visible on the bank. The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter, centred on the cairn, as marked in red on the attached map. The modern track in the area is specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare type, possibly a hybrid monument used in more than one period, and with different functions, represented by the central mound and the enclosing bank. There is only one comparable site in the district. The site has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of the nature and development of prehistoric burial and ceremonial sites.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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