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Woodside, cairn 215m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Troup, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6836 / 57°41'1"N

Longitude: -2.099 / 2°5'56"W

OS Eastings: 394192

OS Northings: 865978

OS Grid: NJ941659

Mapcode National: GBR P85D.WKZ

Mapcode Global: WH9N6.Q4NH

Entry Name: Woodside, cairn 215m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 27 January 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11020

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Pitsligo

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Troup

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

Description

The monument comprises a cairn of prehistoric date, visible as a grass-covered, earth and stone mound, possibly originally associated with other cairns in the immediate vicinity that have since been destroyed.

The monument is situated within a small enclosure, on the south side of the road from Peathill, at c.55m OD. The monument comprises a mound measuring c. 26m N-S by c. 24m E-W, with a maximum height of 1.7m. The cairn is grassed over, except on the west side where many stones are exposed. A circular depression, slightly banked on the NE side, and measuring c. 8m by 7m by 0.3m deep, is present to the west of the centre of the mound and may be the result of the former excavation in the 18th century, when a stone cist, flint arrowheads and ashes were found.

Cairns of this type are funerary monuments dating to the Neolithic and 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 be found. It is irregular in shape, with maximum dimensions of 28m N-S by 28m E-W as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. The scheduled area is defined to the north, west and south by stone field boundaries which are themselves excluded from the schedule.

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

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCHAMS as NJ96NW 10. The monument is recorded in the Grampian Region Archaeological Index also as NJ96NW 6.

References:

ORDNANCE SURVEY NAME BOOK (COUNTY) 1871, Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey.

OSA 1791-9, THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND, DRAWN UP FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MINISTERS OF THE DIFFERENT PARISHES, Sir John Sinclair, Edinburgh, Vol. 5, 97.

Map references:

Ordnance Survey 1874 (Aberdeenshire) 1st edition map, 6 inches to 1 mile.

Ordnance Survey 1903 (Aberdeenshire) 2nd edition map, 6 inches to 1 mile.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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