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Swordale Wood

Cairnfield (Prehistoric)

Site Name Swordale Wood

Classification Cairnfield (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Criech

Canmore ID 13862

Site Number NH68NW 1

NGR NH 636 897

NGR Description Centred NH 636 897

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Creich (Sutherland)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NH68NW 1 centred 636 897

(NH 6371 8970) Cairns (NR) (Two shown)

OS 6" map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1911)

A small group of seven or eight mounds of the usual character, one measuring some 23ft in diameter and 3 1/2ft high.

RCAHMS 1911.

Centred at NH 636 897 on the brink of a SW slope are about 30 stone clearance heaps, amongst them two published as 'Cairns' on OS 6" map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1907). There is no trace of huts, lynchets or field walls, but the clearance heaps appear to be similar to those of Iron Age field systems elsewhere.

Visited by OS (A A) 11 November 1969.

No change

Visited by OS (J B) 9 September 1980.


Field Visit (2 August 1909)

64. Creich.

Within the wood to the N. of the NW. corner of the westmost of the upper cultivated fields above the Manse of Creich is a small group of seven or eight mounds of the usual character. One, situated about 80 yards NW. of the corner of the field, measures some 23' in diameter, and is about 3' 6" in height.

OS 6-inch map: Sutherland Sheet cxi.

RCAHMS 1911, visited (AOC) 2nd August 1909.


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