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Dun Riaskidh

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Dun Riaskidh

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 5775

Site Number NC66SE 1

NGR NC 6876 6140

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC66SE 1 6876 6140.

(NC 6876 6140) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1964)

A chambered round cairn, formerly thought to be a broch (RCAHMS 1911) and named 'Dun Riaskidh'. It lies on a narrow rock ridge overlooking the river and the bay and is a mass of angular stones 4ft high. The edge can be traced on the S and the indications are that it was about 57ft in diameter. The edge on the N is rather vague and may have been flattened in plan. On the E and W sides where there are steep drops, the stones have evidently spread downhill although on the E parts of a roughly built edging can be seen. Many large slabs lie about the site, probably mainly displaced corbels and roofing stones. Much of the chamber structure probably exists and a few visible orthostats are probably in situ. The entrance has probably been from the N.

Visited by OS (J L D) 24 April 1960.

RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1972.

No change to the preceeding report.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 17 August 1978.


Publication Account (2007)

NC66 1 DUN RIASKIDH ('Dun Richard')

NC/6876 6140

Once thought to be a possible broch this chambered cairn in Tongue, Suther-land, consists of an apparently structureless heap of stones about half a mile from the river Borgie and on the west side of Druim a' Chleib.

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. NC 66 SE 1: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 184, no. 529: 3. Horsburgh 1867, 275.

E W MacKie 2007


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