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Bieldside, cairn, Cults

A Scheduled Monument in Lower Deeside, Aberdeen City

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Latitude: 57.116 / 57°6'57"N

Longitude: -2.1941 / 2°11'38"W

OS Eastings: 388341

OS Northings: 802803

OS Grid: NJ883028

Mapcode National: GBR XL.0NFQ

Mapcode Global: WH9QW.8DFM

Entry Name: Bieldside, cairn, Cults

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1977

Last Amended: 24 January 2006

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3956

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Peterculter

County: Aberdeen City

Electoral Ward: Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument is a substantial prehistoric burial cairn, visible as an upstanding mound of bare stones. The monument was first scheduled in 1977, when it was in open countryside. It is being rescheduled in order to clarify the extent of the scheduled area.

The monument is a substantial mound of loose stones about 24m in diameter and standing up to 4m high. Traces of kerb-stones around the perimeter were noted in 1952, but are no longer visible. Today the monument is located in an open grassed area within a modern housing estate between Cairnlee Avenue East and Cairn Crescent. The ground around it appears to have been made up and there is a small drop at the edge of the stones. To the W and S is an area of mown grass, planted with trees. On the E and W there are walls, gardens and buildings.

The scheduled area is irregular on plan measuring 41m E-W by 37m N-S in maximum extent. The area is bounded to the S by a footpath and road, and to the N by the garden and drive of the nearest house, which are excluded from the scheduling. The area to be scheduled is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric funerary and ritual practices. The monument is a particularly striking and well-preserved example which will contain at least one burial and will also cover an area of contemporary ground surface.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS ans NJ80SE 24.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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