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Law of Balgreen, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6192 / 57°37'8"N

Longitude: -2.4233 / 2°25'24"W

OS Eastings: 374809

OS Northings: 858876

OS Grid: NJ748588

Mapcode National: GBR N8CL.BJT

Mapcode Global: WH8M3.RR6G

Entry Name: Law of Balgreen, cairn

Scheduled Date: 20 January 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11027

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Gamrie

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn, visible as an upstanding earthen mound. Cairns such as this are funerary and ritual monuments built during the Early Bronze Age (c.2500-1500BC).

The monument sits at around 125m OD on a gentle natural rise where it commands extensive views over the surrounding countryside. The cairn is a steep-sided circular mound around 27m in diameter and standing up to 4m high, with a flat top about 7m in diameter. The mound is made up of earth and small stones. There is no indication that the cairn has ever been excavated or disturbed and it may, therefore, preserve its original structure and deposits intact.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which material relating to the construction and use of the cairn may be expected to survive. It is circular with a diameter of 55m, minus a chord on the SE side, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The elements of a former hen house lying within the proposed scheduled area are specifically excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices. It may be expected to contain funerary deposits and evidence relating to its mode of construction and use, and may also preserve evidence for contemporary landuse and environmental conditions.

The importance of this monument is further enhanced by its relationship to similar sites nearby: the cairn is one of a group of massive prehistoric burial mounds located in coastal Banffshire.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The site is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ75NW4

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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