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Fir Hillock, burial mound 750m east of Ardblair Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Blairgowrie and Glens, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5852 / 56°35'6"N

Longitude: -3.3509 / 3°21'3"W

OS Eastings: 317126

OS Northings: 744514

OS Grid: NO171445

Mapcode National: GBR V8.75J3

Mapcode Global: WH6PF.HRL2

Entry Name: Fir Hillock, burial mound 750m E of Ardblair Castle

Scheduled Date: 13 February 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM9612

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: barrow

Location: Blairgowrie

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial mound in a prominent situation on the edge of a river terrace. The mound lies in a small conifer plantation surrounded by arable.

The mound measures 16m by 13m and is 1.7m high. Round mounds of this kind are dated to the early Neolithic (around 3500 BC) or the early Bronze Age (around 2500 BC). Fir Hillock is traditionally a place of execution. There are signs of disturbance on the top of the mound. It is likely that the mound covered at least one burial and others are likely to have been dug into the surface of the mound.

The area to be scheduled is 30m in diameter, to include the mound and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its construction and use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a little-disturbed mound surviving in an intensively farmed area. It has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial and religious practices. It is also of importance because it will seal beneath it a prehistoric land surface, which could increase our knowledge of landuse in the past.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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