Scheduled Monument

Crab's Cairn, cairnSM4060

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)
Local Authority
NJ 96325 3750
396325, 803750


The monument comprises a circular burial cairn, which measures some 14m in diameter and stands c.1.5m in height. The monument was first scheduled in 1977, but the boundary of the scheduled area was unclear: the present re-scheduling rectifies this.

This stone-built, roughly circular burial cairn is situated on Tullos Hill, towards the end of an elevated ridge, at c.68m OD, with a view over Nigg Bay. It has been damaged by wartime installations, but measures some 14m in diameter and stands c.1.5m in height. The cairn comprises a mound of stone of varying size. A short cist containing an urn was found in the cairn in the late 18th century. 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 40m 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.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric funerary monument which may form part of a relict prehistoric landscape. It has the potential to provide important information about Bronze Age funerary and ritual practices.



The monument is RCAHMS number NJ 90 SE 4.

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