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Skye, Liveras

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Cist (Period Unassigned), Arm Guard (Stone), Cinerary Urn (Possible)

Site Name Skye, Liveras

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Cist (Period Unassigned), Arm Guard (Stone), Cinerary Urn (Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Corry

Canmore ID 11585

Site Number NG62SW 1

NGR NG 6416 2378

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Strath
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NG62SW 1 6416 2378

(NG 4616 2378) Cairn (NR)

OS 6"map, (1967)

A Hebridean type chambered cairn, probably originally round, but heavily robbed although it is still a large, steep-sided, grass-covered mound bearing trees. It measures about 77ft by 55ft by 13ft in height.

The chamber was discovered in 1832 when part of it collapsed, and a partial exploration produced, amoung other finds, a wrist-guard of fine grey-green stone. A similiar wrist-guard (NG62SW 7) was found on the beach, probably having been thrown out during the exploration. An urn with a secondary burial was also found.

At least one cist was discovered when a small part of the E side of the cairn was removed in making the road. This is probably the "stone coffin and an urn" which Lamont (1913) mentions as having been found subsequently to the discovery of the chamber.

The capstone of the chamber, said to have been broken in 1832, still leans against the base of the mound on the N side. It is 8ft long, 5ft in maximum width and 1ft thick. A small flat slab lies nearby.

The wrist-guard was donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS, Accession no. AT 4).

A S Henshall 1972; RCAHMS 1928; D Lamont 1913

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