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Benbhraggie Wood

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Benbhraggie Wood

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Rhives

Canmore ID 6589

Site Number NC80SW 4

NGR NC 8299 0060

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NC80SW 4 8299 0060.

(NC 8299 0060) Burial Chamber (NR)

OS 6"map, (1969)

Orkney-Cromarty Group, Benbhraggie Wood (Rhives): The cairn was removed before 1868 (Anderson 1870). RCAHMS (1911) suggests a diameter of about 60ft, but as the ground drops on each side it seems unlikely to have been much more than 46ft across the chamber. There are slight indications of an edge 24ft 6ins behind the back of the chamber. Formerly there were thirteen upright stones forming the walls and divisional stones of a bipartite chamber and passage (or tripartite chamber) (Anderson 1870). Eight stones of the chamber remain, apparently exposed almost to ground level. The entrance has been from the SE. Of the passage (or outer compartment) only a side slab on the NE remains, 3ft 6ins high. A pair of divisional slabs set 2ft 3ins apart, 3ft and 2ft 10ins high, lead into a compartment 6ft 3ins long by about 7ft wide. The SW side slab remains, 2ft 3ins high. Of the divisional stones between this and the inner compartment only that on the SW remains, 2ft high. This compartment is 6ft 6ins long by 9ft 6ins wide, and consists of taller stones - two side slabs 3ft 6ins high and an end stone, the tallest of the whole group, 4ft 10ins high.

J Anderson 1870; RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1963.

The remains of the cairn are as described above.

No trace of the edge of the cairn could be found.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 2 February 1976

No change to previous field report.

Visited by OS (N K B) 2 February 1976


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