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Foulford Bridge, cairn 310m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Keith and Cullen, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6776 / 57°40'39"N

Longitude: -2.8522 / 2°51'7"W

OS Eastings: 349275

OS Northings: 865627

OS Grid: NJ492656

Mapcode National: GBR M8BF.D4W

Mapcode Global: WH7KL.5923

Entry Name: Foulford Bridge, cairn 310m NW of

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11113

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 comrpises the remains of a round burial mound, probably of the Bronze Age (c2000BC), measuring about 14m by 10m, situated on a locally raised area.

The mound is about 2m high and has clearly been opened at some time in the past. Although the central area has been disturbed, ewxcavation on other site has demonstrated that other burials will survive under and within the undisturbed parts of the mound, and perhaps also around its skirts. An area of contemporary Bronze Age land surface will also be preserved under the mound.

The area to be scheduled is a circle about 40m in diameter, centred on the mound, to include the mound and an area around it in which burials and other features associated with its 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 surviving burial mound, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric burial, ritual and landuse. It is of particular importance because few mounds survive in this intensely-farmed region, and because three further mounds survive within a few hundred metres. Comparison between the sites could provide important information about variation in prehistoric burial practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NJ46NE 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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