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Gallow Hill,cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.9548 / 56°57'17"N

Longitude: -2.2245 / 2°13'28"W

OS Eastings: 386441

OS Northings: 784866

OS Grid: NO864848

Mapcode National: GBR XK.37FM

Mapcode Global: WH9RM.SGW6

Entry Name: Gallow Hill,cairn

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4849

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Dunnottar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn of the Bronze Age, situated on the summit of a natural hillock. It measures 15.5m in diameter and 1.8m high. Antiquarian disturbance in the last century revealed human bones. In 1989 a cup marked stone was found a short distance away. The mound will almost certainly cover further burials and a contemporary ground surface. The area to be scheduled measures 30m in diameter, centred on the cairn, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a burial monument which has the potential, despite some antiquarian disturbance, to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial practices. The contemporary ground surface under the mound has the potential to increase our understanding of Bronze Age land use. The discovery of the cup marked stone may indicate that traces of further burial or ceremonial activity may survive in the area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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