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Caen Burn West

Cairn (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Caen Burn West

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned), Enclosure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 7443

Site Number ND01NW 28

NGR ND 0066 1789

NGR Description ND 0066 1789 and ND 0068 1788

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND01NW 28 0066 1789 and 0068 1788

(ND 0066 1789) Hut Circle (NR), (ND 0068 1788) Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1964)

Situated about 100yds to the W of the long cairn near Salscraggie (ND01NW 2) are two small enclosures over- grown with heather. That nearest the cairn is oval, measuring internally about 10' x 6'. Its longest axis lies N-S and the entrance which is about 4' wide is from the SE. The enclosing bank is about 3' wide and on the E side of the entrance is carried forward for a distance of about 7'. The details of the other construction are less distinct.

RCAHMS 1911.

The structure first mentioned is placed on the edge of a narrow hill shelf and appears to be the remains of a burial cairn of some 10.0m in diameter. Two kerbstones survive in the SSW with several possible kerb stones in the NNE, some displaced. A hollow, 0.5m deep to the N of centre is an excavation, within the cairn matrial breached in the SE giving the impression of an entrance. The cairn stands 1.0m high with a strip about 1.0m between the kerbstones and the cairn material.

The second enclosure,probably the one mentioned by RCAHM, is rather obscure but appears to be roughly a V-shaped hollow, measuring 4.0m E-W by 2.3m internally. It has been set into the slope with little trace of a surrounding bank or wall. One inner facing stone in situ with others, probably displaced are visible at the W end. The E end is open. The purpose of the structure is unclear, possibly it has been a domestic dwelling.

Revised at 1,10,000.

Visited by OS (J B), 24 May 1976.


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