Gourdon

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Alternative Names Gourdon Hill; Bikmane Hill; War Woof; Gourdon Cairn
Site Type LONG CAIRN
Canmore ID 36841
Site Number NO87SW 14
NGR NO 81800 70650
Council ABERDEENSHIRE
Parish BENHOLM
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District KINCARDINE AND DEESIDE
Former County KINCARDINESHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NO87SW 14 81800 70650.

(NO 8180 7065) Long Cairn (NR)
OS 1:10000 map (1973)

A long cairn, once called the 'War Woof' (J G Callendar 1924), composed of small rounded boulders and angular stones with some earth, covered with turf and whins. It measures 155ft long by 40ft wide at the ENE end and 25ft at the WSW end; it still stands up to 9ft in height though much robbed. There is no sign of a chamber.
A S Henshall 1963

A long cairn, generally as described, measuring 46.0m in length, 14.0m wide and 1.7 m high at the NE end, and 8.0m wide and 1.0 m high at the SW end.
Revised at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (NKB) 20 December 1967

This long cairn, on the summit of Gourdon Hill (136m OD), is generally as described by OS (NKB).
RCAHMS 1982.

Air photograph: AAS/97/11/CT.
NMRS, MS/712/29.

This long cairn is situated in arable ground on the crest of a high ridge at an altitude of 136m OD.
Air photography: AAS(A)/87/02/S2/14-15 and 17-20.
Also noted by RCAHMS (Marginal Lands Survey).
NMRS, MS/712/36.

3 May 1957
 FIELD VISIT

Project Marginal Land Survey

Notes This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.

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External Links

Aberdeenshire Historic Environment Record


 
Books and References

Callander, J G (1924a) 'A long cairn near Gourdon, Kincardineshire, and a Bronze Age cairn containing a short cist and an urn, at Idvies, Forfarshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.58
Page(s): 23-4

Henshall, A S (1963a) The chambered tombs of Scotland,, vol.1 Edinburgh
Page(s): 41-3, 400, no.KNC 3 Held at RCAHMS E.7.1.HEN

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale). Held at RCAHMS on micro fiche.
Page(s): Kincardinesire, No.4, 16 Held at RCAHMS Ref

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