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History, archaeology and heritage of Tullos Hill mapped out in new leaflet

10/07/13

Aberdeen City Council has produced a new leaflet which explores the rich and varied heritage of Tullos Hill.

Tullos Hill has long been known as an important archaeological landscape because of the four Bronze Age burial cairns there: Cat Cairn; Baron's Cairn; Crab's Cairn; and Tullos Cairn, which are scheduled as monuments of national significance.

At the other end of the historic timeline Tullos Hill was the location of an anti-aircraft battery and later a prisoner of war camp in World War II. A few remnants of hut bases from that era survive on the hill.

For many years it was thought that landfill operations since the 1960s had destroyed any other historic remains, but the 2004 survey recorded the presence of around 150 other archaeological features, ranging from prehistory to World War II.

Aberdeen City Council historian Chris Croly said: "It was a real pleasure to be involved in the writing of this leaflet.

"Tullos Hill represents one of the outstanding features of Aberdeen. On the one hand there is a remarkable breadth of archaeology, combined with some fantastic history, outstanding natural heritage and fine panoramic views across the city itself.

"With summer here I hope that people will use this leaflet to help explore the hill and enjoy some great walks and breathtaking views."

Production of the free leaflet was partially funded through the Council's waste management service. As well as the heritage of the hill it also details the legacy of landfill and unsustainable waste management practices of the past.

Waste management has long been an activity in the area in the form of landfill sites at Tullos Hill and Ness Farm, covering 15 and 49 hectares respectively and accommodating an estimated three million tonnes of waste over 40 years.

The site stopped accepting waste in 2001 and over the past 12 years activity has been focused on restoration and capping the landfill as well as developing new drainage, tree planting and path improvements.