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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Sittenham

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Stittenham

Canmore ID 13772

Site Number NH67SW 1

NGR NH 64910 74299

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

NH67SW 1 6491 7430.

NH 649 743. There is an Orkney-Cromarty type chambered cairn, first noted by Maclean as a stone circle, in a pine wood on the hilside near Stittenham House. The cairn material has been largely removed and the site is covered with pine needles, grass and moss. The vague edge of a round cairn can be traced on the W side, suggesting an original diameter of about 40'.

The main orthostats of the polygonal chamber and passage remain, all split slabs. At the SE side a pair of low stones set 2'9" apart form the portal at the entrance to the passage. They stand 1'3" high. The passage walls are not visible, but a pair of stones set askew to the axis of the passage, their tops level with the cairn, suggest that there was a small ante-chamber and that the passage was only 5' long.

The chamber was entered between two transversely set stones. That on the SW side remains, a somewhat higher stone than those described, projecting 1'9". The top of a displaced slab sloping into the chamber may be part of the NE transverse slab. Five more orthostats define a roughly circular chamber 8' in diameter. They stand about 2'6" high, taller than the stones of the passage and ante-chamber. The interior of the chamber is hollow as if it had been dug out at some time.

R Maclean 1886; A S Henshall 1972.

NH 6491 7430. A mutilated Orkney/Cromarty chambered cairn, as described and planned by Miss Henshall.

Revised at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (W D J) 9 May 1963 and (A A) 12 May 1975.


Field Visit (12 September 1943)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.

Field Visit (September 1978)

Stittenham (ROS 49) NH 649 743 NH67SW 1

Heavily robbed Orkney-Cromarty Cairn, 12m in diameter, with roofless polygonal chamber entered from the SE.

RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978

(Henshall 1963-72, ii, 570,571)


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