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The Ord South

Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name The Ord South

Classification Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) The Ord

Canmore ID 4991

Site Number NC50NE 22

NGR NC 575 054

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC50NE 22 575 054.

('A': NC 5753 0546 Cairns (NR) 'B': NC 5755 0546)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

Two round cairns lying only 15ft apart.

'A': Considerably dilapidated but neither cist nor chamber is revealed. It is about 34ft in diameter and 3ft high.

'B': About 22ft in diameter, its outline carefully marked with large boulders.

Visited by OS (N K B) 21 July 1976.

RCAHMS 1911.

These two cairns are positioned on a false crest between two areas of run-rig.

Cairn 'A' now measures about 10.5m in diameter and 1.0m high, but is severely mutilated and extended by later field clearance, and no kerb can be seen.

'B' is well preserved, measures 5.9m in diameter and 1.0m high and is contained within a kerb of upright boulders, some contiguous, some displaced.

Re-surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (N K B) 21 July 1976.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (J B) 15 March 1979.

Scheduled with NC50NE 13-14, 16, 17, 19, 38-9, 46, 54-6 and 81-2 as The Ord, chambered cairns, cairns, settlements and field systems.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 14 February 2002.


Ground Survey (22 February 2010 - 18 March 2010)

NC 575 050 A topographic survey of the scheduled area

and a 100m buffer zone around the The Ord was carried

out 22 February–18 March 2010. The area contains a high

density of archaeological monuments, including Neolithic

funerary monuments and remains of Bronze Age settlements

and agriculture. Although the distribution of the major

features was known, this survey added detail and increased

the accuracy of information obtained in previous surveys.

The survey also identified several previously unrecorded

features. In total over 450 individual archaeological features

were recorded including a burnt mound, c35 hut circles, 14

rectangular buildings and over 300 clearance cairns.

Archive: RCAHMS

Funder: The Forestry Commission Scotland


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