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Creag An Amalaidh

Long Cairn (Neolithic)(Possible)

Site Name Creag An Amalaidh

Classification Long Cairn (Neolithic)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Achinael

Canmore ID 14782

Site Number NH79NE 4

NGR NH 7566 9730

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Dornoch
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NH79NE 4 7566 9730.

(NH 7566 9730) Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1907)

Some 1/2 mile SE of Achinael, just to the W of the wire fence and above the road, is a large cairn, sub-oval in form, with its longest axis E to W. It measures 70ft in length, 43ft across at the E end and 26ft at the W. About 19ft from the E it expands to 53ft, forming 'lugs' on either side about 11ft across. This peculiarity seems quite distinct on the N side, but the partial demolition of the cairn renders it less obvious on the S. At the W end it is only a foot or two in height, and it has risen towards the E, but it has been considerably dilapidated in that direction, it is impossible to say where it attained its greatest elevation. At its highest it is about 6ft high. No chamber or cist has been exposed.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; A S Henshall 1972, visited 1967.

The cairn consists of bare stone rubble and is generally as described above. The 'lugs' mentioned are not clearly defined features.

Visited by OS (R L) 4 April 1964.

No change to the previous field report.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J B) 10 December 1980.


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