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Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Site Name Hempriggs

Classification Chambered Cairn (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Wic 184; Helman Head; Barns Of Hempriggs

Canmore ID 8951

Site Number ND34NE 1

NGR ND 3617 4680

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

ND34NE 1 3617 4680

(ND 3617 4680) Pict's House (NR) (Remains of)

OS 25" map, Caithness, (1872)

Chambered Cairn (supposed), Hempriggs: Evidenced by a low grassy mound, stony beneath the turf, which has a diameter of some 50ft and an elevation of 3 to 4ft. Near the centre two large slabs at right angles to each other suggest this may be the remains of a chambered cairn, but the true character of the mound is not obvious.

RCAHMS 1911.

A low, turf-covered, stony mound which has been greatly robbed, and, as described by the RCAHMS, could be the remains of a chambered cairn.

A S Henshall 1962.

(ND 3617 4680) Chambered Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1970)

Traces of stone are visible round the side of this possible chambered cairn.

C E Batey 1981.

The remains of this probable chambered cairn are as described by the previous authorities.

Visited by OS (JB) 1 September 1982.

The cairn is at the edge of the agricultural land in a field which has recently been improved from unenclosed rough grazing. The cairn is about 200m from the sea cliffs, at 46m OD. It is turf-covered, and measures about 17m in diameter. The perimeter rises undisturbed to a maximum height of 1m, but the interior has been greatly reduced and disturbed. In the centre are two slabs set on edge, 0.9m apart, and almost at right angles to each other. The larger S slab is 1m long, 0.2m thick, and leans slightly to the W; it projects 0.5m but its true height is about 1.5m. The smaller slab is 0.7m long, 0.2m thick, its top flush with the turf. Possibly these slabs were part of a chamber.

J L Davidson and A S Henshall 1991, visited 21 September 1985.

Scheduled as Barns of Hempriggs, chambered cairn.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 22 March 2005.


Project (1980 - 1982)


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