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Archaeology Notes

Event ID 662828

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Archaeology Notes


NH67SE 24 6585 7102.

(NH 6585 7102) Cairn (NR) (Remains of) Human Remains found AD. 1854 (NAT)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

A round cairn, Orkney-Cromarty type, was removed about 1854, but its last remains are still visible though obscured by field-gathered stones and a drainage ditch dug across the north side. The cairn has been very large; Childe (1944) suggests a diameter of 110ft which is certainly a minimum and there are indications that it was even larger, about 130ft across. A number of slabs remain among the debris to the NE of the centre. The most conspicuous is a huge stone aligned east-west which stands 6ft high and is 10ft long and has recently had its S face blasted away.

There is a greater depth of cairn material to the SE.

V G Childe 1963; A S Henshall 1963, visited 15 July 1956.

The remains of the cairn are generally as described by Henshall. It is now virtually impossible to trace the perimeter but it is possible that it had a diameter of c.53m. In the northern half of the cairn area there is a large stony circular bank composed mainly of small stones. It is

c.20.0m in diameter and varies in width from 5.0m on the north side to c 10.0m in the south side with a maximum height of 1.5m in the south side. This circular bank is broken on its north east side and its west side by modern gaps and inside the north-east gap on its south side are the slabs described above. There are five upright stones and one fallen stone, a seventh stone is just visible protuding from the ground. Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (W D J) 10 May 1963.

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