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Moultavie,cairn 450m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Cromarty Firth, Highland

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Latitude: 57.7146 / 57°42'52"N

Longitude: -4.2993 / 4°17'57"W

OS Eastings: 263123

OS Northings: 871750

OS Grid: NH631717

Mapcode National: GBR H8RB.HDF

Mapcode Global: WH3D4.XCX7

Entry Name: Moultavie,cairn 450m N of

Scheduled Date: 12 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5192

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Alness

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Cromarty Firth

Traditional County: Ross-shire


A round cairn with contemporary concentric bank. The cairn measures 10m in diameter and up to 1m high with some kerb stones on the S. The enclosing stony bank is up to 2m wide and 0.5m high and has been destroyed on the east side. The area to be scheduled measures 40m in diameter and includes the structures described above and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their use will survive, as detailed in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it can give us a greater understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practice and increase our understanding of cairn construction. It is of further importance because pollen and features sealed beneath the cairn can enhance our understanding of the environment and land-use immediately prior to its construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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