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Bridgeton Hill,cairn 900m ENE of Mains of Bridgeton

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.7983 / 56°47'53"N

Longitude: -2.3595 / 2°21'34"W

OS Eastings: 378140

OS Northings: 767473

OS Grid: NO781674

Mapcode National: GBR XC.4DF1

Mapcode Global: WH8R6.QDM6

Entry Name: Bridgeton Hill,cairn 900m ENE of Mains of Bridgeton

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5318

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: St Cyrus

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument is a burial cairn of the Early Bronze Age, some 2500 to 3000 years old. It is situated just to the S of the summit of the hill. It measures 19m in diameter and up to 2.6m in height. It will cover at least one burial and other burials may have been dug into its surface; earlier burials or cultivation remains may have been covered by the cairn. The march dyke and fences between Mains of Bridgeton and Mains of Brotherton cross the mound.

The area to be scheduled measures 60m in diameter, centred on the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it which features associated with its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the attached map; the above ground elements of the wall and fences crossing the site are specifically excluded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved burial cairn which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practices. It is of particular importance because of its likely relationship with the unusual cairn known as The Cloch, 470m to the N; it seems that this cairn has been deliberately sited just far enough off the summit of the hill to be invisible from The Cloch.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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