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Lower Camster

Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Lower Camster

Classification Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 8677

Site Number ND24NE 7

NGR ND 2598 4585

NGR Description ND 25978 45830, ND 25959 45842 and ND 25989 45882

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND24NE 7 2598 4585 (ND 25978 45830, ND 25959 45842 and ND 25989 45882)

(ND 2599 4585) Three small erect stones.

Information and plan from Prof A Thom, Dunlop to OS 27 April 1970.

On the E side of the road from Watten to Lybster, slightly N of the point where a track branches off to Camster, are two standing stones. That nearest the road is some 30ft distant from it. It is a low stone standing 2ft 10ins above ground, measuring 3ft 9ins in breadth and 10ins in thickness, and faces NNE-SSW. Some 170ft N of it is another similar slab, 2ft 8ins high, 3ft 5ins broad, and 10ins thick, facing NNW-SSE. The latter stone does not seem to be very deeply set.

It is not certain that these stones form, or are part of, a prehistoric monument.

(This description does not agree with Thom's plan.)

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

Two upright slabs, A and C, probably standing stones, are generally as described by the RCAHMS. The third stone (B) seen by Thom appears to be an upright boulder to the W of the other two although Thom's plan shows it to the E. It measures 0.4m wide by 0.5m high and 0.7m long and has a more recent look about it than the other two.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (I S S) 22 March 1972.

(Centred ND 2598 4585) Standing Stones (NR)

OS 1;10,000 map, (1975)

No change to the previous field report.

Visited by OS (J M) 8 December 1982.

ND 25978 45830, ND 25959 45842 & ND 25989 45882

Three small stone slabs stand in heather moorland immediately E of the minor public road from Watten to Lybster about 30m N of the turn to Lower Camster. The southernmost stands immediately E of the road (ND 25978 45830) and measures 1.2m from ESE to WNW by 0.22m in thickness and 0.8m in height; there is an Ordnance Survey bench-mark on its SSE face. The second stone (ND 25959 45842), which also stands immediately E of the road, lies about 21m NW and measures about 0.8m from N to S by 0.4m in thickness and 0.5m in height. The northernmost stone (ND 25989 45882), which lies a further 50m to the NNE, measures 1m from ESE to WNW by 0.25m in thickness and 0.8m in height.

(YARROWS04 907)

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, ATW), 8 September 2004.


Field Visit (June 2010 - July 2010)

ND 25978 45830, ND 25959 45842 and ND 25989 45882: A grouping of three small standing stones is situated on the east side of the road from Watten to Lybster is noted in the NMRS. As previously noted in the NMRS, field survey observed that one of the stones does not appear to be as weathered or as deep set as the other two and is possibly upcast from the road side ditch. The southernmost stone measured 0.8m in height, 0.2m in breadth and 1.2m in width. The northernmost stone measured 0.8m in height, 0.25m in breadth and 1m in width. The third stone, presumed to be later in origin, measured 0.5m in height, 0.4m in breadth and 0.8m in width.

Information from Stuart Mitchell (CFA Archaeology Ltd) July 2010. OASIS ID: cfaarcha1-79560 (no.7).


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