Scheduled Monument

Scotsburn Wood, chambered cairn 550m NNE of Scotsburn HouseSM2914

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
31/03/1971
Last Date Amended
14/02/2002
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Logie Easter
NGR
NH 72192 76794
Coordinates
272192, 876794

Description

The monument comprises a chambered burial cairn of Neolithic date, located within extensive forestry plantations. Since it was scheduled in 1971, the original scheduling papers appear to have become lost. This re-scheduling rectifies the position.

The area was ploughed many years ago, and although the cairn has been disturbed, sufficient survives to provide a brief description and to confirm that archaeological deposits are likely to survive. The cairn is approximately circular, 15m in diameter. Its edges are generally obscured by vegetation. In the centre are the remains of a chamber with 2 compartments, formed of large slabs. This was entered from the E.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle 35m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a relatively well preserved example of a Neolithic chambered cairn. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual and funerary practices and also environmental evidence relating to contemporary vegetation and land-use.

References

Bibliography

The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NH 77 NW 5.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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