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Tappoch,burial mound and cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Heldon and Laich, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6877 / 57°41'15"N

Longitude: -3.4361 / 3°26'9"W

OS Eastings: 314477

OS Northings: 867340

OS Grid: NJ144673

Mapcode National: GBR K8WD.NQB

Mapcode Global: WH6J5.611B

Entry Name: Tappoch,burial mound and cemetery

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5020

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Duffus

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Heldon and Laich

Traditional County: Morayshire


The monument comprises the remains of a substantial burial cairn of the Bronze Age situated on the summit of the Tappoch, and a contemporary cemetery of stone cists around it. The cairn measures 36m in diameter and 3m high. It was partly excavated in the mid nineteenth cenntury when two cists were found. A further cist was found "8 to 12 yards" N of the cairn at the same time and a further cist was located in 1985. From experience elsewhere it is probable that further cists and other burial types survive in the vicinity. The area to be scheduled measures 80m in diameter, centred on the mound, to include the mound and an area around it in which burials 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 a substantial burial mound which still, despite some antiquarian activity, has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial practices; the buried Bronze Age soil beneath the mound should also provide valuable information on contemporary land use. It is of particular importance because of the survival around the mound of what may be a cemetery of some size. The importance of the site is further increased by the discovery of many prehistoric artefacts in the Roseisle area, indicating considerable settlement activity.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the monument as NJ16 NW 14

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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