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Reelig, The Giant's Grave

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Barbed And Tanged Arrowhead (Flint)

Site Name Reelig, The Giant's Grave

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Barbed And Tanged Arrowhead (Flint)

Canmore ID 12705

Site Number NH54SE 1

NGR NH 5590 4369

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kirkhill
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH54SE 1 5590 4369

(NH 5590 4369) Giant's Grave: Possibly Orkney - Cromarty type,with a rectangular chamber. A large cairn was destroyed at the end of the eighteenth century (ISSFC 1885 and 1926) in the course os laying out the grounds. At present there remains an elongated enclosure oriented E.-W, formed of stones set on their edges. This is known to have been constructed at that time to represent a 'Viking's Grave' The stones are graduated in size, 2 ft. 9 ins. high at the W. end to 10 in. high at the E. end. The three slabs which form the W. end are massive irregular blocks which may well be in their original positions. They suggest the inner ( or W) end of the type of square-ended chamber which is found in Easter Ross. The site stones are set 3 ft. 8 ins. apart and the end stone is placed askew, inside the S. stone and outside the end of the N. stone.

A large barbed-and-tanged arrowhead of buff flint with pink flecks, now at Reelig House,is believed tohave come from this site.

A S Henshall 1963.

This feature is as described as above and the barbed-and-tanged arrowhead is still at Reelig House.

Visited by OS (R D) 21 December 1964.

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