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West Davoch, cairn 490m WNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.1527 / 57°9'9"N

Longitude: -2.8968 / 2°53'48"W

OS Eastings: 345843

OS Northings: 807231

OS Grid: NJ458072

Mapcode National: GBR WM.3DF5

Mapcode Global: WH7N2.GGTZ

Entry Name: West Davoch, cairn 490m WNW of

Scheduled Date: 21 March 2007

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11628

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Logie-Coldstone

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


This monument comprises a prehistoric burial cairn, between 3500 and 4000 years old, and is situated at 290m OD on unimproved pasture to the S of an area of forestry, on the SW shoulder of Meikle Tom.

The cairn survives as a roughly circular, turf-covered mound, approximately 15m in diameter and 0.6m in height, with an intermittent boulder kerb. Stones from field clearance have been deposited around the perimeter of the cairn.

The area to be scheduled is circular on plan, centred on the centre of the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

Cultural Significance

The monument's archaeological can be expressed as follows:

Intrinsic characteristics: The characteristic structural features that define this class of monument remain well preserved and it is likely that the associated archaeological deposits also remain well preserved. The survival of an intermittent boulder kerb has the potential to significantly enhance understanding of the monument.

Contextual characteristics: The monument occupies a prominent position in the landscape with wide views, particularly to the S and W. It would have had a significant place within the prehistoric landscape of the area.

National importance: The monument is of national significance because there is good potential for the survival of archaeological evidence relating to its construction and use. It retains important field characteristics, such as the boulder kerb. It occupies a prominent position in the landscape and prehistoric people would have been able to see it from a wide area of the landscape in which they conducted their day-to-day activities. Its loss would affect our ability to understand this landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record this monument as NJ40NE 28.

Aerial photographs:

D45453; Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the cairn, taken from the ESE (23.06.1999).

D45454; Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the cairn, taken from the NE (23.06.1999).

D45455; Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the cairn, taken from the N (23.06.1999).

D45456; Oblique aerial view centred on the remains of the cairn, taken from the NW (23.06.1999).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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