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Arniefoul, cairn 820m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Kirriemuir and Dean, Angus

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Latitude: 56.5924 / 56°35'32"N

Longitude: -2.9662 / 2°57'58"W

OS Eastings: 340765

OS Northings: 744911

OS Grid: NO407449

Mapcode National: GBR VK.DQZ6

Mapcode Global: WH7QR.DKSL

Entry Name: Arniefoul, cairn 820m NE of

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1959

Last Amended: 12 December 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM389

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Glamis

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Kirriemuir and Dean

Traditional County: Angus


The monument was first scheduled in 1959. The present rescheduling has been prompted by the recommendations of a monument warden visit to extend protection to cover the whole of the archaeologically sensitive area.

The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a grass and heather-covered mound. The monument is situated in heather moorland on the western shoulder of Haystone Hill at about 235m O.D. The monument comprises a circular flat-topped mound measuring c. 21m in diameter and extant to a height of c. 1.8m. The mound is surrounded by an eccentric earth and stone bank, measuring c. 2-3m wide by c. 1m high. A gap, approximately 3m wide, is present in the centre of the eastern side of the bank.

The monument most likely represents the remains of a cairn, though other interpretations such as a motte (Christison 1900, 48) and Roman signal station (NSA) have been put forward.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the late Bronze Age-Iron Age and may be expected to contain material relating to their mode of construction and use.

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 60m as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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