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Dundavie, cairn 320m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.7362 / 56°44'10"N

Longitude: -3.8357 / 3°50'8"W

OS Eastings: 287797

OS Northings: 762013

OS Grid: NN877620

Mapcode National: GBR JBWX.KP6

Mapcode Global: WH5M9.1YQ9

Entry Name: Dundavie, cairn 320m NE of

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7994

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Blair Atholl

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a burial cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a grass-covered stony mound.

The monument lies on a prominent location in rough grassland at around 320m OD. It comprises a cairn with a diameter of about 15m, measuring about 1m in maximum height. A later field bank passes close to the S of the cairn. At the centre of the cairn is a stone slab, with veins of white quartz, set on edge and measuring about 1.4m long. This slab appears to represent a surviving element of a slab-built burial cist.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The present example is one of a number of prehistoric settlement and funerary sites on the same hillside.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 35m, 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 an understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NN 86 SE 23.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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