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Eday, Braeside

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Eday, Braeside

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Carrick

Canmore ID 3143

Site Number HY53NE 10

NGR HY 5633 3757

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Eday
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY53NE 10 5633 3757.

(HY 5633 3757) Erd House (NR)

Standing Stones (NR)

OS 6" map, Orkney, 2nd ed.,(1900).

An Orkney-Cromarty-type stalled cairn greatly robbed and now overgrown with turf and heather. It has measured about 102' by 58' and beside the ruined chamber the cairn still stands 5' to 6' high, but the edges are now indefinite due to severe robbing and peat-cutting, though the west side is less disturbed and probably represents approximately the original cairn edge.

The cairn material consists mainly of rounded stones instead of the usual flat slabs. The chamber is represented by a number of transverse upright slabs.

Seventeen feet behind the chamber where the cairn has been robbed almost to ground level there are several large slabs which suggest there may have been a second chamber, (HY53NE 18) although they may result from the destruction of the upper part of the existing chamber.

RCAHMS 1946; A S Henshall 1963, visited 1957.

As described and planned by Henshall, although there is no ground evidence of a second chamber.

Re-surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (NKB) 24 July 1970.

More now survives of the cairn than of the cottage from which the name is taken. The stalled chamber, aligned N and S, has been exposed by an unrecorded excavation; in the body of the cairn to the N of the main chamber, at the end opposite from the passage, the slight remains of what may have been a second chamber can be detected.

RCAHMS 1984, visited October 1981.


Field Visit (8 May 2013)

This chambered cairn is generally as previously described, but the cottage referred to by RCAHMS in 1984 has been recently rebuilt and converted for storage.

Visited by RCAHMS (ATW) 8 May 2013.

Orkney Smr Note

Chambered Cairn, Stalled, Braeside - Ruined by unrecorded

excavation and stone-robbing; fragment of a stalled chamber

aligned N-S; very little remains of the side-walls but the

dividing slabs survive; entrance passage at S end. [R1]

Orkney-Cromarty stalled cairn, apparently built mainly of

rounded stones rather than the usual flat slabs. 17ft beyond the

chamber are several large slabs suggesting a possible second

chamber, although not certainly so. [R2]

Information from Orkney SMR [n.d.]


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