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Sheriffton, barrow cemetery 200m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Strathmore, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.4349 / 56°26'5"N

Longitude: -3.4453 / 3°26'43"W

OS Eastings: 310972

OS Northings: 727901

OS Grid: NO109279

Mapcode National: GBR V6.PFK5

Mapcode Global: WH6Q5.1JN9

Entry Name: Sheriffton, barrow cemetery 200m NE of

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6723

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Scone

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathmore

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a barrow cemetery of prehistoric date, visible as cropmarks on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies in arable farmland at around 25m OD. It comprises the remains of at least two round barrows and at least five square barrows. The round barrows, on the E part of the site, measure about 6-8m in internal diameter within ditches 1-2m wide. To the W, three of the square barrows are arranged in a conjoined row aligned E-W, each measuring about 4m across and containing a central burial pit.

To the S of this group is a further conjoined pair of square barrows on roughly the same axis which includes the best-defined example in the group. It measures about 7m across within its ditch and is considerably larger than the much less clear example which is attached to its E side.

Each of these square barrows represent the ploughed down remains of burial mounds dating probably to the early centuries of the 1st millennium AD. The round barrows may be somewhat earlier in date.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which associated deposits may be expected to be found. It is sub-rectangular, with maximum dimensions 100m NE-SW by 65m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date(s).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NO 12 NW 53.

Aerial Photographs used:

RCAHMS (1989) B22635 NO12NW53.

RCAHMS (1989) B22637 NO12NW53.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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