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Conyng Hillock, mound east of Parkview, Inverurie

A Scheduled Monument in Inverurie and District, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.2788 / 57°16'43"N

Longitude: -2.3766 / 2°22'35"W

OS Eastings: 377390

OS Northings: 820965

OS Grid: NJ773209

Mapcode National: GBR X8.VVX9

Mapcode Global: WH8NW.G9HW

Entry Name: Conyng Hillock, mound E of Parkview, Inverurie

Scheduled Date: 8 December 1934

Last Amended: 17 October 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM14

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Inverurie

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Inverurie and District

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument comprises a substantial mound, used as a burial mound in prehistoric times, visible as an upstanding monument. The monument was first scheduled in 1934, but is being re-scheduled in order to clarify the extent of the scheduled area.

The monument is a grass and tree-covered mound, situated on a crest of slightly rising ground at an altitude of about 65m OD, amongst the back gardens of three houses to the N of Barclay Road. The mound takes the form of a rounded cone in shape. It measures some 25m E-W by 20m N-S and stands c.5.4m high. Although the mound itself may be a natural feature, it has clearly been used as a funerary monument in prehistory. In 1902/3, fragments of an urn and charred wood were found at the centre of its top. These remains may have been associated with a cist burial. Monuments of this type date to the Neolithic or Bronze 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 survive. It is bounded by a fenceline on the N, W and S sides (not marked on the current edition of the OS map). This fence is located c.4m S of the northern boundary of Parkview and 20m E of Parkview. The S boundary fence follows the line of that for 32 Barclay Road over some 8m. The remaining length of the S boundary and the E boundary follows the break of slope between the mound and the adjacent garden ground, c.6m from the eastern garden boundary of 30 Barclay Road.

The area to be scheduled is sub-rectangular in plan and measures 26m ENE-WSW by 23m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map. The fences are excluded from the scheduling for the purposes of maintenance.

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 in RCAHMS as NJ 72 SE 20.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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