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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 654279

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


ND24SE 16 2608 4403.

An Orkney-Cromarty type round cairn, 60' in diameter and 12' high, virtually intact, with a particularly fine chamber which together with ND24SE 21, gives name to its type. This is one of the group of three cairns known as the ' Grey Cairns of Camster' (See also ND24SE 1 and ND24SE 17 ) Excavation by Anderson and Shearer in 1865 produced flint implements and an iron knife-blade, now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS, Accession no's : EO 97-123) and pottery, now lost. Further excavation was carried out by R Ritchie in 1967 prior to the public's being allowed access to the chamber. A tiny fragment of beaker was found, and half the blocking in front of the entrance was removed.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

A S Henshall 1963; Name Book 1872; Curr Archaeol 1972; J Anderson 1886; RCAHMS 1911; S Cruden 1967; Visited by OS 11 April 1972.

Copies of eight drawings from P R Ritchie's 1966 excavations at Camster Round have been catalogued.

Historic Scotland Archive Project (SW) 2002

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