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Knapperty Hill,long cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Central Buchan, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5429 / 57°32'34"N

Longitude: -2.0919 / 2°5'30"W

OS Eastings: 394598

OS Northings: 850314

OS Grid: NJ945503

Mapcode National: GBR P86S.DBG

Mapcode Global: WH9NS.VN1W

Entry Name: Knapperty Hill,long cairn

Scheduled Date: 18 February 1964

Last Amended: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2382

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Old Deer

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Central Buchan

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument is a long cairn of the Neolithic, 4000 to 5000 years old, situated near the summit of Knapperty Hill. Measuring 85m WNW-ESE by up to 22m overall, it is composed of soil and rounded stones. At each end are two projecting "horns", more pronounced at the eastern end. The monument was partly disturbed in the last century when cist burials were found. The cairn is larger than the current scheduled area. The area to be scheduled includes the cairn and an area around it within which traces of activity associated with its use may survive. The area is a rectangle measuring 100m by 40m, the SE corner of which touches the present field boundary, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a long cairn of the Neolithic which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of Neolithic funerary and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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