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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Structure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Dorrery

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

Canmore ID 7637

Site Number ND05NE 21

NGR ND 0727 5537

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Halkirk
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND05NE 21 0727 5537.

(ND 0727 5537) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1963)

Dorrery. This round cairn of the Orkney-Cromarty type has a Camster-type chamber and is now a grass-grown mound, 45ft in diameter with a maximum height of 6 to 7ft. The four upright slabs, 6ins to 1ft 3ins high, just within the cairn edge, are apparently part of the peristalith. The cairn has been much robbed, especially on the N and E where its structure, of flat slabs laid slanting from the centre outwards, can be seen. The chamber, 11ft long, with entrance in the E, is now represented by one transversely-set inner portal stone, two pairs of taller divisional slabs and a much lower back slab. When visited in 1910 (RCAHMS 1911) part of the walling on the N side of the centre compartment was visible.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910; A S Henshall 1963.

The remains of this chambered cairn are as described.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 15 February 1965.

A chambered cairn generally as described but that the back slab in situ was not identified.

Some 5.0m NE of the cairn is a turf-covered roughly oval enclosure 2.2m by 1.8m across and 0.4m high; thin slabs on edge and living rock constitute the build. The structure has uncertain archaeological significance.

Visited by OS (J M) 3 July 1981.


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