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Balvraid

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Balvraid

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 11800

Site Number NG81NW 9

NGR NG 84524 16627

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Glenelg (Skye And Lochalsh)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NG81NW 9 8451 1662.

A chambered cairn 45' long and in parts 6' high is situated 200 yds W of Balvraid farm close to the N side of the road. Near its E end, a few feet behind the centre of the very slightly curved facade, a large oval capstone lies tilted over the exposed uprights of a rectangular chamber c. 5' x 6'. The facade is c. 25' wide.

E A Cormack 1964.

NG 8451 1662: Situated on the valley floor at c. 250' O D, a turf-covered cairn measures c. 19.0m E-W by c. 16.0m. It has been much mutilated by recent excavations.

At its E end, a stone-lined passage leads into a chamber overlain by a massive capstone as described by Cormack. (E A Cormack 1964)

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R L) 3 October 1966.

(NG 8451 1662) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 1:10,000map, (1971)

Excavation of this cairn in July-August 1965 by Corcoran did not reveal skeletal remains, but artifacts included sherds of Neolithic pottery and undecorated Beaker, lignite beads, a stone spindle whorl and flint artifacts including a leaf-shaped arrowhead.

A S Henshall 1972, visited 1965.

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Excavation (1964)

A chambered cairn 45' long and in parts 6' high is situated 200 yds W of Balvraid farm close to the N side of the road. Near its E end, a few feet behind the centre of the very slightly curved facade, a large oval capstone lies tilted over the exposed uprights of a rectangular chamber c. 5' x 6'. The facade is c. 25' wide.

E A Cormack 1964.

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