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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Buoldhu

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Canmore ID 8142

Site Number ND13SE 25

NGR ND 1501 3337

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

ND13SE 25 1501 3337.

ND 152 333. A possibly chambered cairn of uncertain type. The last grass-grown remnants of a cairn 48ft in diameter, crossed by a modern sheep shelter, lie on the hillside just under 1/4 mile NW of the cairn of Houstry (ND13SE 1). Various large slabs protrude through the turf. The two longest slabs on the S side of the wall are 1ft high above the present ground level, while the two at right angles to the wall and the slab to the N of them are 2ft high. The number and size of the slabs indicate that the cairn has probably covered a chamber or chambers, but at present the plan is uncertain.

A S Henshall 1963.

A chambered cairn at ND 1501 3337, as described by Henshall.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (BN K B) 11 March 1968.

(ND 1501 3337) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1979)

No change to the previous reports.

Visited by OS (JM) 19 October 1982.

This enigmatic structure is not now considered to be a chambered cairn.

J L Davidson and A S Henshall 1991.


Field Visit (August 1997)

NAlthough the stone structure at the heart of this low stony mound has been discounted as the remains of a chamber by Davidson and Henshall (1991), it is difficult to see what else it may have been. The slabs are slighter than might have been expected of a chambered tomb, but they evidently outline more than the remains of a cist. Furthermore, there is little doubt that the stony mound is the remains of a cairn measuring about 16m in diameter. The position of the cairn was resurveyed for the OS 1:2500 revision programme.

Visited by RCAHMS (SH) August 1997.

Field Visit (July 2009)

ND 150 333 (centred on) A desktop and walkover survey were undertaken for an area of proposed new forestry of 30ha in July 2009. Work revealed no archaeological sites, except the two chambered cairns (ND13SE 1 and 25).

Report: HSMR and RCAHMS

Funder: UPM Tilhill

Stuart Farrell


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