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Allt Na Cardich

Ring Cairn(S) (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Allt Na Cardich

Classification Ring Cairn(S) (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Alltnacardich

Canmore ID 12709

Site Number NH54SE 13

NGR NH 58 43

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH54SE 13 58 43.

'There is a group of three mounds at Alt-na-Cardich (NH 5843) in Kirkhill. The easterly one measures 18 yards in diameter and 7 feet in height, with an inner circle of 6 yards in diameter. There are only a very few stones in their original positions. There is one 9 yards distant from the outer circle, measuring 7 feet 7 inches by 6 feet 6 inches; but it would be rash to state that it formed part of a third circle. The next mound, which is 8 yards to the south-west of the first, does not exceed 4 feet in height. It contains the remains of a circular cist in the centre. The inner circle of this mound is 13 yards in diameter, and the outer one 21 or 22 yards in diameter. In the other circle there are at least eight stones in position. The third mound, which lies 28 yards north-west from the second, is about 6 feet in height, and very much overgrown with furze, but three circles are traceable on it. The inner circle is 14 yards in diameter, the second 20 yards and the outer 30 yards. On the east side of this mound lies a boulder measuring 7 feet by 4 feet.' (These descriptions do not refer to the cairns on 'Blar -nam- Feinne ' ( NH54SE 12 ) which the author has already dealt with.)

T Wallace 1886.

From Wallace's description these cairns are apparently Clava-type.

A S Henshall 1963.

No trace of these cairns could be found in the area around Alt -na- Cardich.

Visited by OS (R D) 21 December 1964.

No change to previous field report. Local enquiries produced no further information.

Visited by OS (R L) 13 April 1970.


Field Visit (15 August 1943)

Mound, Altnacardich.

Three mounds are mentioned (Wallace 1886, 350) as existing at Altnacardich, but all those seen in this vicinity seemed to be natural except the one that stands about 20yds NE of the NE end of the house. This one is flattened on the top, is covered with grass and evidently contains large stones, but it has suffered so much disturbance that its original features are uncertain. But, if originally round, it measured have measured more than 50ft in diameter and still stands 5ft high on the down-hill side.

Visited by RCAHMS (AG) 15 August 1943.

OS ref: xi (unnoted)


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