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Upper Dounreay

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Cist (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Upper Dounreay

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

Canmore ID 7874

Site Number ND06NW 5

NGR ND 0079 6604

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND06NW 5 0079 6604.

(ND 0079 6604). Brough (NR)

OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

The short, horned, chambered cairn of the Orkney-Cromarty group at Upper Dounreay measures about 55ft across and has horns projecting towards the cardinal points, giving a dia- meter from tip to tip across the cairn of about 90ft. The top of the cairn has been removed, leaving a present height of 4 to 5ft, and four stones of the chamber are visible. Two sides of a short cist can be seen on the S horn.

RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1963.

This turf-covered chamber cairn, 1.5m maximum height, is generally as described above. The W horn although shapeless is larger than the others. Stone slabs set on edge, forming part of the burial chamber, are visible in the mutilated top of the cairn. In the S horn, one end and one side slab of a cist, 1.0m by 0.6m, can be seen protruding 0.1m through the surface of the cairn.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 23 November 1964.

(ND 0079 6604) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1969)

No change to the previous field report.

Visited by OS (J B) 7 September 1981.


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