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Rebel Hill, burial site

A Scheduled Monument in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6523 / 57°39'8"N

Longitude: -2.1629 / 2°9'46"W

OS Eastings: 390377

OS Northings: 862495

OS Grid: NJ903624

Mapcode National: GBR P80H.HV4

Mapcode Global: WH9N5.RX7L

Entry Name: Rebel Hill, burial site

Scheduled Date: 28 November 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11147

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Tyrie

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a burial site of prehistoric date, visible as a grass-covered mound. It appears to be a modified natural knoll with evidence of burial activity dating to the Bronze Age.

The monument is situated within pasture on the prominent north-eastern summit of Rebel Hill, at about 110m O.D. The burial site consists of a small natural knoll measuring c. 20m in diameter. The knoll is flat-topped and appears to have been artificially enhanced: records indicate that a large cairn of stones was removed in the mid-19th Century, and on the eastern side stones are visible protruding through the turf cover. The utilisation of naturally-ofcurring prominent knolls for burial purposes is characteristic in Aberdeenshire and it is likely that further evidence of human burial practices may be present in the form of stone cists and/or cremations concealed beneath the surface of the knoll.

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 in shape, with a diameter of 40m and centred on the knoll, 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



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ96SW 7.


ORDNANCE SURVEY NAME BOOK (ABERDEENSHIRE), Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey Book No. 90, 5.

Ordnance Survey 1874 First Edition map (Aberdeenshire) 6 inches to 1 mile.

Ordnance Survey 1903 Second Edition map (Aberdeenshire) 6 inches to 1 mile.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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