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Carn Liath

Cairn (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age), Cropmark(S) (Period Unknown)

Site Name Carn Liath

Classification Cairn (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age), Cropmark(S) (Period Unknown)

Canmore ID 13615

Site Number NH66NE 10

NGR NH 66620 69520

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH66NE 10 6662 6952.

(NH 6662 6952) Carn Liath (NR)

OS 6" map, (1959)

Dalmore Cairn was removed about 1810. It was about 60ft in diameter and 15ft high, and contained a cist, 31/2 x 21/2 x 2ft which survives and is surrounded by a stone wall (Maclean 1874). Maclean presumably refers to Carn Liath although the Ordnance Survey Name Book (ONB, 1874) says that only one large boulder remained, in the centre of the enclosure; and makes no mention of a cist, although human remains were found.

Name Book 1874; R Maclean 1886.

Carn Liath, the remains of a cairn reduced almost to ground level, planted with trees and surrounded with a modern wall 15.0m in diameter, is situated in a level pasture field at a height of about 50ft OD. It contains the remains of a short cist 1.5m x 0.8m x 0.2m high, covered by a large flattish boulder 1.8m x 1.0m and 0.5m thick.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 23 March 1966.


Aerial Photography (September 1969)

Oblique aerial photographs of Carn Liath cairn, Ross and Cromarty, taken by John Dewar in 1969.

Field Visit (September 1978)

Carn Liath NH 666 695 NH66NE 10

This cairn is about 15m in diameter and contains a central cist measuring 1.5m by 0.8m and 0. 2m in depth. When the cairn was excavated in 1810 'human remains' are said to have been found. This is probably the Dalmore cairn noted by Maclean.

RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978

(Maclean 1886, 330-1; Name Book, Ross-shire, no. 2, p. 89)


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