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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Ledmore

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Cam Loch

Canmore ID 4643

Site Number NC21SW 3

NGR NC 23820 12156

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC21SW 3 2382 1215.

(NC 2382 1215) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 6"map, (1967)

About half a mile ESE of the most south-easterly arm of Cam Loch, on the low-lying ground between the high road and the river, is a large circular cairn, with a diameter of about 55ft and 6ft in height. The entrance passage to the now roofless chamber is from the E side. At the centre of the cairn, the tops of four large stones can be seen, and suggest the presence of a polygonal chamber about 8 ft wide. Several other large slabs, probably from the roof, are lying about.

RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1963.

A large circular cairn, 2.0m high on the S, as described above.

Visited by OS (R D L) 5 June 1962.

The passage and lintel are still visible but no orthostats of the chamber can be seen.

J M Howell 1976, No. 45, plan (see archive)

No change.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (N K B) 1 September 1980.


Field Visit (26 November 2009)

This site sits on ground c.25m from the road which slopes slightly from NW to SE. The chambered cairn is roughly circular in plan but appears to have been heavily robbed/disturbed. It is constructed of rough, irregular gathered stones with an average diameter of 0.3-0.5m. Occasional larger stones of up to 1m long are visible towards the top of the cairn as described in the NMRS entry for 1963. No trace of the chamber can be seen, although there are several depressions in the upper surface. There is no sign of an entrance in the east or of the lintels observed in 1976.

(HLP_no 17)

Assynt's Hidden Lives Project 2009


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