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Kyleoag

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Kyleoag

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 119254

Site Number NH69SE 42

NGR NH 6652 9104

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Creich (Sutherland)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NH69SE 42 6652 9104

This chambered cairn, which lies within the ruins of a township (NH69SE 33), was discovered during the course of a forestry survey by Headland Archaeology (NMRS MS 899/25, no.5). The cairn measures approximately 20m in diameter and up to 1.5m in height. The cairn has been extensively robbed to provide stone for the later settlement, exposing the sides of what may be a central chamber comprising an irregular oval setting of at least six large set stones, some of which have been dislodged. A possible outer face or entrance portal was observed on the SE of the cairn. The W end of a building cuts into the E side of the cairn and three small buildings have been built into the cairn on the W. The corner of an enclosure overlies the cairn on the NE.

S Carter and J Wordsworth (Headland Archaeology) 5 February 1997; NMRS MS 899/25, no.5

NH 66 90 (centre) A short-notice forestry survey was undertaken by Headland Archaeology Ltd over roughly 7.5sq km of land to the W of Spinningdale on the northern shore of the Dornoch Firth. A total of 28 features or groups of features of archaeological interest were recorded, 19 of which had previously been noted. The majority are post-medieval settlement sites (buildings, farmsteads and settlement sites) recorded first by the OS in 1874. The survey area and its immediate environs contain a notable concentration of chambered cairns, and a further example was discovered. This new site is heavily robbed but appears to be of a similar size and chamber type to the other examples in the area.

NH 6652 9104 Chambered cairn.

Sponsor: Historic Scotland

S Carter 1997

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