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Cat Cairn, cairn

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

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Latitude: 57.1195 / 57°7'10"N

Longitude: -2.0811 / 2°4'51"W

OS Eastings: 395190

OS Northings: 803173

OS Grid: NJ951031

Mapcode National: GBR SFW.S4

Mapcode Global: WH9QY.099Z

Entry Name: Cat Cairn, cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1978

Last Amended: 16 July 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4125

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 the remains of a massive burial cairn of bare stones. The monument was first scheduled in 1978 but the boundary of the scheduled area was unclear: the present re-scheduling rectifies this.

This massive stone-built burial cairn is situated on Tullos Hill, on a knoll at the SW end of an elevated ridge, at c.85m OD. Although mutilated, this roughly circular cairn measures c.20m in diameter and stands c.2.5m high. A raised 'platform' some 3m wide occurs on the N and S segments and may be an original feature. Another three cairns are located within the close vicinity, indicating that this monument may form part of a relict prehistoric funerary landscape. In particular, Cat Cairn and Baron's Cairn, which lie at the same altitude on knolls at either end of a single ridge, are likely to be associated.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 60m 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 extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric funerary monument of probably Bronze Age date, 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



RCAHMS record the site as NJ90SE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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