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Shien Hill

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Shien Hill

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 28132

Site Number NO12NE 5

NGR NO 17359 26678

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Kilspindie
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NO12NE 5 1735 2667.

(NO 1735 2667) Shien Hill (NR)

OS 6" map, Perthshire, 2nd ed., (1901)

'Bronze Age tumulus, 90ft diameter'.

Information from M E C Stewart 29 August 1953.

'......of a conical form and circular at the base.... as it has never been explored there have not been found any remains of sepulture. It is about two chains in diameter at the base, and rises to an elevation of about 20ft in centre..'

Name Book 1861.

A grass-covered concial mound having a diameter of 34.0m and a height of c.6.0m; the remains of a modern cairn crown the summit.

Visited by OS (E G C) 9 October 1963.

This grass-grown cairn (which is apparently undisturbed) is situated on the W shoulder of Shien Hill and displays structural evidence of at least two phases of construction. The lower part of the mound measures up to 32.5m in diameter by 2m in height and appears to be composed largely of sand; above this level, its perimeter is defined by a narrow berm. The upper part of the mound is composed of a mixture of stones and small boulders; this upper cairn measures 15.5m in diameter by 2m in height.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 6 April 1989.


Field Visit (20 July 1956)

Cairn, Shien Hill

A splendidly preserved round cairn measuring 120 yds in circumference and 15 ft in height. It is almost completely turf covered but occasional stones can be seen in places.

Visited by RCAHMS (KAS) 20 July 1956


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