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Tulloch Of Assery

Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Tulloch Of Assery

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Loch Calder; Tulloch Of Assery A

Canmore ID 7934

Site Number ND06SE 9

NGR ND 0682 6188

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating

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

Archaeology Notes

ND06SE 9 0682 6188.

A well-preserved, short, horned cairn (Cat 69) one, probably the earlier of the two chambered cairns known as the Tullochs of Assery (see also ND06SE 16). Excavation by Corcoran in 1961, in advance of the raising of the level of Loch Calder, revealed an apparently unique plan of two chambers set back to back and approached by passages through the north and south facades. Finds from the excavation are in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

Visited by OS 3 November 1964; NMAS 1977.

Corcoran's excavation remains open but otherwise the cairn is well-preserved although the waters of the loch lap the margins and have caused some damage.

Visit by OS 17 August 1981.

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Excavation (1961)

Excavation by Corcoran in 1961, in advance of the raising of the level of Loch Calder, revealed an apparently unique plan of two chambers set back to back and approached by passages through the north and south facades. Finds from the excavation are in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

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