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Kyle Of Durness

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Kyle Of Durness

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 4835

Site Number NC36SE 2

NGR NC 3733 6312

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC36SE 2 3733 6312.

(NC 3733 6312) Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1961)

The remains of a cairn about 50ft in overall diameter whose centre has been removed to form a shelter 14ft in diameter and 3ft to 4ft high. The bottom is covered with large boulders and the sides show no sign of building. There is no indication of a cist or chamber but round the N half of the cairn is a tranch about 10ft wide and 2ft deep. This is not continued round the S half where the ground slopes rapidly away.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

A well-preserved round cairn with central chamber. The cairn measures 13.4m in diameter and 1.6m in maximum height. A central excavation 3.7m in diameter and 1.8m deep reveals a chamber capstone partially buried by fallen stone. The fragmentary remains of a retaining circle can be traced around the E and SE perimeter.

Visited by OS (F D C) 5 Febuary 1957.

At the bottom of the cleared area at the centre of the cairn is a cist, 1.2m by 0.6m by 0.5m deep internally with a displaced capstone about 1.2m in diameter and 20cms thick. Two small intrusions have been made on the SE side of the cairn, one of these are base level.

T C Welsh 1972.

A bare stone cairn 16.0m in diameter and 2.0m high, with a central cist as described by Welsh. There are no indications of a retaining circle. The trench round the N half has a well-defined scarp defining the far side and the ends; the near side is partially obscured by tumble off the cairn.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 16 November 1978.


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