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Foulford Bridge, cairns 400m west of

A Scheduled Monument in Keith and Cullen, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6752 / 57°40'30"N

Longitude: -2.8555 / 2°51'19"W

OS Eastings: 349074

OS Northings: 865362

OS Grid: NJ490653

Mapcode National: GBR M89F.QM5

Mapcode Global: WH7KL.3BJY

Entry Name: Foulford Bridge, cairns 400m W of

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11041

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Rathven

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Keith and Cullen

Traditional County: Banffshire


The monument comprises the remains of two round burial mounds, probably of Bronze Age date (c 2000BC), both measuring about 9m across.

The two mounds lie close together on the brow of a hill, overlooking a steep valley. They are about 2m high. Their situation in the landscape, before the dense forestry in which they now lie was planted, must have been striking. The eastern mound has been partly explored: a burial cist was found. Excavation on other mounds has demonstrated that partly-excavated mounds will contain further burials under and within the undisturbed parts of the mound. Such mounds often have further burials around them. Both mounds will preserve large areas of contemporary Bronze Age ground surface under them.

The area to be scheduled measures about 40m WNW-ESE by 30m transversely, to include the mounds and an area between and around them in which burials and remains associated with their use are likely to survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a pair of surviving burial mounds, which have the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial, ritual and landuse. They are of particular importance because few mounds survive in this intensely-farmed region, and because two further mounds survive within a few hundred metres. Comparison between these two mounds and between them and the other two in the forest could provide important information about variation in prehistoric burial practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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