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

Site Name Swordale

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

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

Canmore ID 12889

Site Number NH56NE 8

NGR NH 57874 66156

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.

[NN56NE 91] 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.


Field Visit (September 1978)

Swordale NH 578 661 NH56NE 8

All that survives of this Orkney-Cromarty Cairn are three slabs forming part of the chamber and an arc of stones set on edge, which may be kerb-stones.

RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978

Field Visit (September 1978)

Swordale 3 NH 578 661 NH56NE 8

There are a number of cup-marks on a rock outcrop about 20m to the W of chambered cairn no. 25.

RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978

Measured Survey (17 April 1980)

RCAHMS surveyed the chambered cairn at Swordale by plane-table and alidade at a scale of 1:100, also noting the position of the cup-marked rock.

Visited by RCAHMS (JBS, AL, RM), 17 April 1980.


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