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Fettercairn House,burial mound 650m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.8615 / 56°51'41"N

Longitude: -2.5701 / 2°34'12"W

OS Eastings: 365335

OS Northings: 774597

OS Grid: NO653745

Mapcode National: GBR NB0L.99Z

Mapcode Global: WH8QQ.HSCS

Entry Name: Fettercairn House,burial mound 650m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4996

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Fettercairn

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a burial mound of the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, measuring 17m in diameter and c 2m high. It will cover at least one burial and superficial digging in 1941 exposed a Beaker, a frequent accompaniment of secondary burials. It will also cover an area of contemporary ground surface. The area to be scheduled

measures 60m in diameter, centred on the mound, as marked in red on the attached map; the modern walls and road within the area are specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a substantial burial mound which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric ceremonial practices, particularly because of the survival of a comparable mound 950m to the S. The importance of the mound is enhanced by the survival of the contemporary ground surface beneath it; information on prehistoric land use may be recoverable and experience leads us to believe that the mound may lie on a site where earlier burial or ceremonial activity has occurred.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO67SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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