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Torr Ban Na Gruagaich

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Torr Ban Na Gruagaich

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 7904

Site Number ND06SE 13

NGR ND 0585 6001

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

ND06SE 13 0585 6001.

(ND 0585 6001) Torr Ban na Gruagaich (Brough) (NR)

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

Torr Ban na Gruagaich, a grass-covered round Orkney-Cromarty type chambered cairn, 58ft N-S by 54ft transversely and about 7ft high, has been opened and robbed in the centre. Stones of the passage and two-compartment chamber are visible

A S Henshall 1963; RCAHMS 1911.

This chambered cairn, generally as described above, is 19.0m in diameter and 1.8m high; the stones which have been removed from the cairn were probably used in the construction of a building which stood at the SE end of the cairn.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 3 November 1964.

(ND 0585 6001) Torr Ban na Gruagaich (NAT) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

This is a long cairn measuring about 40.0m NNE-SSW by 19.0m transversely; the prominent 'round cairn' with its chamber occurs at the NNE end, and is as described by Miss Henshall. From it, an indistinct, heather-covered rickle of stones, 0.5m maximum height, extends, and at the extreme SSW end, deep ploughing in association with nearby forestry has revealed a content of medium-sized slabs, but no further chamber or passage. There is no trace of a hornwork. The chamber planned by Miss Henshall is not aligned along the longer axis, suggesting that the cairn may have at least two phases.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (N K B) 18 September 1981.


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