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Shebster

Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cist (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Shebster

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

Canmore ID 7982

Site Number ND06SW 8

NGR ND 0124 6411

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND06SW 8 0124 6411.

(ND 0124 6411) Tumulus (NR) (Remains of).

A Stone Cist containing Human Remains found (NAT)

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

A stone cist containing human remains was found in this cairn or mound when the top was removed many years ago. Cook states that the cist was 'formed of four blocks of stone from 6 to 7ft long and 2 1/2ft broad'. The RCAHMS describe the cist as being 4ft 3ins by 1ft 8ins, with the W end-slab and the cover having been removed, and the diameter of the cairn being about 16ft.

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845; Name Book 1873; RCAHMS 1911.

This cairn is now a turf-covered stony mound 6.0m N-S by 5.0m transversely and 0.4m high. In the centre are the remains of a cist, consisting of the two side slabs, 1.5m long and 0.5m apart.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 11 November 1964.

(ND 0124 6411) Cairn (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

This cairn, situated on a steep, S-facing slope, is as described by the previous field investigator. The cist is aligned ESE-WNW.

Visited by OS (J B) 11 September 1981.

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