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Callachy Hill

Cairn (Bronze Age), Cist (Bronze Age), Cremation (Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn (Bronze Age)

Site Name Callachy Hill

Classification Cairn (Bronze Age), Cist (Bronze Age), Cremation (Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 14536

Site Number NH76SW 5

NGR NH 73855 60507

NGR Description NH73855 60507

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH76SW 5 7385 6050.

NH 738 605 - This is an unchambered round cairn, 45' in diameter and 6' high.

It has been excavated on three occasions, all three trenches still being plainly visible. In 1883, Major Colin MacKenzie exposed a small cist - 2'6" long, 1'8" broad and 1'8" deep - in the centre of the cairn.

W MacKenzie (1908) re-excavated the cairn in 1906 and again in 1907, revealing a secondary cremated burial near the edge of the cairn. A fragment of the rim of an urn was also found, but is now lost. It was decorated with 'punctulated dots'.

W Mackenzie 1908; A A Woodham 1956.

A cairn, as described by Woodham, and situated at NH 7385 6050 on a prominent ridge in an area of afforestation. No trace of the cist remains.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 21 January 1966

No change to previous report.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (J M) 10 January 1978.


Field Visit (May 1979)

Callachy Hill NH 738 605 NH76SW 5

This cairn, about 13.8m in diameter and 2.5m in height, stands in dense forest 350m NE of Flowerburn House. Excavations in 1883, and again in 1906-7, revealed what were probably three cremation burials, one in a central cist and another under an inverted 'urn'.

RCAHMS 1979, visited May 1979

Mackenzie 1908, 70-3; Woodham 1956, 74, no. 16


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