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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Farmstead (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Balcharn

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Farmstead (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Balchran; Blachran

Canmore ID 5006

Site Number NC50NE 36

NGR NC 5968 0650

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 36.00 5968 0650.

NC50NE 36.01 5969 0650 Farmstead

Not to be confused with NC50NE 52.

(Name formerly entered in error as Blachran).

(NC 5968 0650) Chambered Cairn (NR).

OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

Balcharn: A round cairn of the Orkney-Cromarty type with a polygonal chamber. The cairn has been almost entirely removed leaving an irregular mound 2-3ft high. It is now turf-covered, with a sheep fank over its SE edge and cottage foundations (see NC50NE 36.01) to the south. The edge is very indefinite and can only be traced on the north side, but the indications are that the cairn has been about 60-70ft in diameter.

A S Henshall 1963.

The remains of the chambered cairn are generally as described above. It has a diameter of about 28.0m and consists of a much mutilated mound of turf-covered stones rising to a height of 2.3m above the surrounding ground level on the west side. In the centre of the mound a small mutilated portion of the cairn 1.0m high contains the remains of the chamber outlined by four stones protruding from the turf.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (W D J) 28 June 1963.

This chambered cairn is as described.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 27 July 1976.


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