Scheduled Monument

Tullos Cairn, cairnSM4055

Status: Designated

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Summary

Date Added
23/12/1977
Last Date Amended
13/03/2001
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)
Local Authority
Aberdeen
Parish
Aberdeen
NGR
NJ 95902 4103
Coordinates
395902, 804103

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a massive burial cairn of bare stones. The monument was first scheduled in 1977 but the boundary of the scheduled area was unclear: the present re-scheduling rectifies this.

This massive stone-built burial cairn is situated on the N facing slope of Tullos Hill, overlooking Nigg Bay, at c. 50m OD. Although greatly mutilated, it still measures approximately 20m in diameter and stands some 2m high. Another three cairns are located within the close vicinity, indicating that this monument may form part of a relict prehistoric funerary landscape.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 60m centred on the centre of the cairn, 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 the remains of a prehistoric funerary monument of probable Bronze Age date, which may form part of a relict prehistoric landscape. It has the potential to provide important information about Bronze Age funerary and ritual practices.

References

Bibliography

The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NJ 90 SE 2.

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