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Crab's Cairn, cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Kincorth/Nigg/Cove, Aberdeen City

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Latitude: 57.1247 / 57°7'28"N

Longitude: -2.0623 / 2°3'44"W

OS Eastings: 396325

OS Northings: 803750

OS Grid: NJ963037

Mapcode National: GBR XS.92RP

Mapcode Global: WH9QY.956Z

Entry Name: Crab's Cairn, cairn

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1977

Last Amended: 16 July 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4060

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen City

Electoral Ward: Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

Traditional County: Kincardineshire


The monument comprises a circular burial cairn, which measures some 14m in diameter and stands c.1.5m in height. The monument was first scheduled in 1977, but the boundary of the scheduled area was unclear: the present re-scheduling rectifies this.

This stone-built, roughly circular burial cairn is situated on Tullos Hill, towards the end of an elevated ridge, at c.68m OD, with a view over Nigg Bay. It has been damaged by wartime installations, but measures some 14m in diameter and stands c.1.5m in height. The cairn comprises a mound of stone of varying size. A short cist containing an urn was found in the cairn in the late 18th century. Another three cairns are located within the close vicinity, indicating that this monument may form part of a relict prehistoric funerary landscape.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 40m centred on the centre of the cairn, to include the cairn and an area around it 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

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric funerary monument which may form part of a relict prehistoric landscape. It has the potential to provide important information about Bronze Age funerary and ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NJ 90 SE 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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