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Fullerton, ring ditches & cairn circle 420m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in East Garioch, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2524 / 57°15'8"N

Longitude: -2.3595 / 2°21'34"W

OS Eastings: 378404

OS Northings: 818023

OS Grid: NJ784180

Mapcode National: GBR XB.5LDW

Mapcode Global: WH8NW.QZL4

Entry Name: Fullerton, ring ditches & cairn circle 420m SE of

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7920

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: pit alignment; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Kintore

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: East Garioch

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a complex of prehistoric funerary remains, probably some 3500 years old. The remains of the cairn circle survive as a standing structure and the other remains are visible as cropmarks. Experience shows that further remains will lie in the vicinity of these cropmarks.

The complex occupies part of a terrace of the river Don. The cairn circle now survives as a single standing stone about 1.9m high, standing on the SW arc of a circular bank, enclosing a low central mound. Immediately to the NE two ring-ditches appear on aerial photographs. These are probably ploughed-down burial mounds. The complex appears to be surrounded by an alignment of pits. There are other cropmarks in the area.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 160m NW-SE and a maximum of 200m NE-SW, to include the elements of the complex visible above ground, and as cropmarks, and an area of ground around and between them in which other remains are likely to survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a complex of prehistoric burial structures. Even though the area is under the plough experience shows that important remains are likely to survive. The complex as a whole has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NJ 71 NE 11 and 58.


Anderson, J. (1886) Scotland in pagan times: the bronze and stone ages: the Rhind lectures in archaeology for 1882, Edinburgh, 108.

Coles, F. R. (1901) 'Report on the stone circles of the North-East of Scotland, Inverurie District, obtained under the Gunning Fellowship, with measured plans and drawings', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 35, 218-19, fig. 26.

Kilbride-Jones, H. E. (1935) 'An Aberdeenshire Iron Age Miscellany: (1) stone circle at Foularton; (2) Bronze Terret from Rhynie, and distribution of the type', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 69, 444-8, fig. 1.

Simpson, W. D. (1957) 'Cullerlie stone circle, Echt', The Deeside Fld, 2nd, vol. 2, 45.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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