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Mains Of Dalvey

Cairnfield (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Mains Of Dalvey

Classification Cairnfield (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 16035

Site Number NJ13SW 1

NGR NJ 120 326

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Cromdale, Inverallan And Advie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Badenoch And Strathspey
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ13SW 1 120 326.

(Centred NJ 120 326) Cairns (NR)

OS 6"map, Morayshire, 2nd ed., (1905)

"A number of small irregular conical piles of stones, said to have been erected over the slain in a conflict while opposing the invasion of the Danes."

Name Book 1871.

Area Centred NJ 1207 3265. On a flat topped, slightly raised area, c.550ft OD, between the main Grantown - Keith road and the Burn of Duiar are about eighty small cairns. They are composed of small stones largely covered with turf. Most of them are either circular or oval in shape measuring from 2.5m in diameter to 8.0m x 7.0m and have an average height of c. 0.3m. There are no definate traces of fields, the area being obscured by patches of reeds and no associated structures were noted. The evidence points to a field system, the limits of the fields being outlined by the clearance heaps, It is probable that the system extended further to the north and south but cultivation and marshy ground have obliterated any traces.

Visited by OS (W D J) 1 September 1966.

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