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Druim Mor 17

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Cup Marked Rock (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Druim Mor 17

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Cup Marked Rock (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Druim More; Drumore Farm; Upper Park

Canmore ID 12889

Site Number NH56NE 8

NGR NH 57863 66130

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kiltearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH56NE 8 5788 6614

There was a stone circle above the farm of Drumore in the Swordale district. Only one or two stones remain to mark its site.

At NH 5788 6614 on a false crest of Druim More ridge above Drumore Farm (named Upper Park on OS 6") are the remains of a chambered cairn, much robbed for nearby dykes and depopulated buildings.

Three stones of the chamber survive; the cairn has been entirely removed leaving a roughly circular area of turf-covered rubble. The chamber was orientated SE with two slabs measuring 1.5m by 0.9m and 2.0m by 0.9m, set 1.2m apart; the third slab lies almost contiguous to and ESE of the latter, and measures 1.4m in length and 0.7m in height. A number of set stones on the SE of the cairn perimeter may be kerb stones or part of the entrance passage.

The remains though scant suggest an Orkney/Cromarty round cairn with rectangular chamber.

Visited by OS (N K B), 5 November 1970.

Nearby at NH 5786 6614 is a small rock outcrop bearing on its horizontal upper surface about six hollows, two of which at least appear to be cup marks, and the others possibly due to weathering, if not weathered cups. Cairn and cup-marked rock surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (A A), 1 October 1973.

No change to previous field report.

Visited by OS (J B), 8 November 1976.


Note (20 August 2017)

Date Fieldwork Started: 20/08/2017

Compiled by: ScRAP

Location Notes: The panel is located on the S side of a ridge overlooking the River Sgitheach, with extensive views along this valley and beyond to the S and E to the Cromarty Firth and Black Isle. it is one of a group of 23 panels in a scheduled area SM4945, the outline of which used to be fenced and is still visible. This panel is about 20 m west of the chambered cairn (Canmore 12889) and is mentioned in the notes and drawings associated with that record.

Panel Notes: At the top of a 0. 7m high S facing outcrop the panel slopes gently down to the NNE. 5 cups form a curved row near the edge of the panel. The deepest cup is set back from the edge in a pronounced hollow.

Turf was removed from all but the very edge of the panel and was about 0. 1 m thick over the deepest cup. There are nine cups in total of which one is indistinct.


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