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Ring Cairn (Neolithic)(Possible), Stone Circle (Neolithic)(Possible)

Site Name Auldearn

Classification Ring Cairn (Neolithic)(Possible), Stone Circle (Neolithic)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Kinsteary

Canmore ID 15547

Site Number NH95NW 2

NGR NH 9247 5530

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Auldearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn


Field Visit (22 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This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project.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 (22 November 1965)

NH95NW 2 9247 5530 (NH 9247 5530)

Stone Circle (NR) (Remains of).

OS 6" map (1906)

This site was included by Fraser in his list of Clava-type cairns, but there is now nothing to indicate whether the remaining stones are the remnants of a kerb or part of a stone circle. There were formerly four stones, set in a diameter of roughly 55ft but the southernmost (and not the northernmost, as stated by Henshall after her visit on 12 April 1957) has disappeared (A S Henshall 1963).

The north stone is 3ft 3ins high, the centre stone is almost flush with the ground, and the south stone is 2ft 3ins high. The stones are conglomerate sandstone. Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (RD) 22 November 1965

Field Visit (April 1978)

Three stones set in a private garden are all that remains of what may have been a Clava cairn.

RCAHMS 1978, visited April 1978


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