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Tarrieclerack, long cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Keith and Cullen, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6691 / 57°40'8"N

Longitude: -2.9306 / 2°55'49"W

OS Eastings: 344587

OS Northings: 864733

OS Grid: NJ445647

Mapcode National: GBR M84G.08P

Mapcode Global: WH7KJ.YHNP

Entry Name: Tarrieclerack, long cairn

Scheduled Date: 30 December 1971

Last Amended: 17 October 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3125

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Rathven

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Keith and Cullen

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises a long cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a low mound. Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic or Bronze Age, and may be expected to contain material relating to their mode of construction and use. The monument was first scheduled in 1971, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains. The present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument is situated within a small plantation at about 50m OD. It comprises a long cairn composed of small sub-rounded stones and earth and with an overall length of c.37m. The mound was originally trapezoidal and wedge-shaped, with its main axis orientated ENE-WSW. The mound has been robbed in antiquity. A robber trench divides the mound into two portions, measuring c.21m and 16m E-W respectively. The western portion is slightly wider and higher than the eastern portion, with a maximum width of c.15m and a maximum height of 1.8m. In comparison, the eastern portion has a maximum width of 10m and a maximum height of 1.2m. There is a suggestion of the presence of horns, particularly marked on the NE corner of the mound, though these may be entirely due to later stone robbing.

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 oval in shape, with maximum dimensions of 54m ENE by 34m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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