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Brin School

Barrow(S) (Prehistoric), Barrow Cemetery (Iron Age), Field Boundary (Period Unknown), Square Barrow(S) (Iron Age)(Possible)

Site Name Brin School

Classification Barrow(S) (Prehistoric), Barrow Cemetery (Iron Age), Field Boundary (Period Unknown), Square Barrow(S) (Iron Age)(Possible)

Alternative Name(s) Brin Nursery; River Nairn

Canmore ID 78792

Site Number NH62NE 16

NGR NH 6630 2895

NGR Description Centred NH 6630 2895

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Daviot And Dunlichity
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

Scheduled as 'Brin Nursery, barrow cemetery 70m NNW of... [comprising] at least five ditched barrows...'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 7 February 2008.


Field Visit (21 October 1992)

NH62NE 16 centred 6630 2895

On a low gravel ridge in improved pasture above the E bank of the River Nairn, there is a group of ditched barrows, with a length of bank immediately to the SW. The site has suffered considerable disturbance: it has been ploughed over, holes have been dug in some of the barrows, and a trackway, which is marked on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1874, sheet xxxi), has run through it from NE to SW. Nevertheless, at least five mounds can be identified. Probing suggests that they are composed of a mixture of earth and stone, but they do not appear to be markedly more stony than the ground around them. Four of the mounds (USN93 200, 202-4) are oval or sub-circular, ranging from 5m to 10m in length and from 4.2m to 8.6m in breadth, and standing up to 0.6m high. The fifth (USN93 201) is rectangular, measuring 8m in length by 4.8m in breadth and 0.75m in height; this is much disturbed, but there is a suggestion that it may consist of two contiguous square mounds, that to the NE being later. With the exception of one barrow which is practically circular (USN93 204), the longer axis in every case lies NE-SW. All but one of the barrows have traces of an enclosing ditch, up to 0.15m in depth; that around the rectangular mound is broken by a causeway at three of its corners, and those around at least two of the oval mounds are also interrupted by causeways.

The bank lies just below the SW end of the ridge, running SE-NW for about 22m; there are traces of a ditch on its NE side and it turns to the SW at either end, suggesting that it formed the NE end of a rectangular enclosure.

(USN93 200-4)

Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 21 October 1992.

Measured Survey (20 October 1992 - 21 October 1992)

RCAHMS surveyed the probable Pictish cemetery at Brin School with self-reducing alidade and plane-table between 20-21 October 1992 at a scale of 1:250. The resultant plan was redrawn in ink and published at a scale of 1:500 (RCAHMS 1994h, 16).


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