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Foulford Bridge, cairn 160m WnW of

A Scheduled Monument in Keith and Cullen, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6757 / 57°40'32"N

Longitude: -2.8514 / 2°51'5"W

OS Eastings: 349316

OS Northings: 865413

OS Grid: NJ493654

Mapcode National: GBR M8BF.LGK

Mapcode Global: WH7KL.5BFK

Entry Name: Foulford Bridge, cairn 160m WnW of

Scheduled Date: 9 February 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM11114

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 a round burial mound, probably of Bronze Age date (c 2000 BC), measuring about11m across.

The mound, originally one of a pair, lies immediately to the east of a large modern water tank (the construction of which removed the other mound). The mound has been dug into on the north side but still survives to a maximum height of 2m. This cairn may be the one opened by the factor in 1867, producing a cist. Experience on similar sites suggests that other burials are likely to survive under and within the undisturbed portions of the mound, as well as round the skirts of the mound, and that a substantial area of contemporary ground surface, which might preserve remains of Bronze Age cultivation, should survive under the mound.

The area to be scheduled is circular, centred upon the remains of the cairn, and measures about 25m in diameter, to include the mound and an area around it in which burials and other features associated with the mound 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 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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