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Cairn of Arthurhouse, 260m west of Thornylea

A Scheduled Monument in Mearns, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.8636 / 56°51'48"N

Longitude: -2.393 / 2°23'34"W

OS Eastings: 376133

OS Northings: 774752

OS Grid: NO761747

Mapcode National: GBR X8.HBP8

Mapcode Global: WH8QT.6RQ5

Entry Name: Cairn of Arthurhouse, 260m W of Thornylea

Scheduled Date: 21 December 1973

Last Amended: 9 October 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3339

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Garvock

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Mearns

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn approximately 3m high and 14m in diameter. It is located approximately 115m OD on a NE facing slope within beech woodland. It was scheduled in 1973, but the protected area is inadequate to cover the extent of the archaeological interest, hence the need for this rescheduling.

The area to be scheduled measures 50m 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 the remains of a burial monument dating to the Bronze Age. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual activity in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NO 77 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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