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Battle Moss

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Battle Moss

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Loch Of Yarrows

Canmore ID 9054

Site Number ND34SW 47

NGR ND 31373 43332

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND34SW 47 31373 43332

See also ND34SW 46 & 231.

(ND 3136 4332) An excavated cairn 34ft in diameter lies about 25 yds W of ND34SW 46. Two slabs exposed near its centre appear to be parts of a cist.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

A badly mutilated cairn about 8.5m in diameter and 0.5m maximum height, surmounted by a modern marker cairn. Near the centre is a thin slab on edge, facing E-W and measuring 1.4m long by 0.4m high, probably the E wall of a cist, the rest of which has been destroyed.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (I S S) 14 March 1972.

(A: ND 3136 4332; B: ND 3139 4332) Cairns (NR) (For 'B', see ND34SW 46) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

This is probably one of the 'three small cairns, with central cists, arranged in a line at a short distance from each other (see also ND34SW 46). These were all opened long ago by idlers out of mere curiosity, and all contained skeletons'.

J Anderson 1870.

Loch of Yarrows, Cairns. Scheduled with ND34SW 46.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 29 October 1999.

This grass- and heather-grown cairn is the westernmost of a row of three (see also ND34SW 46 & 231) situated on the leading edge of a N-facing terrace in heather moorland immediately E of the S end of Loch of Yarrows. It measures about 8.5m in diameter by 0.5m in height and the centre has been robbed to reveal the E slab of a central cist. The slab measures 1.4m in length and 0.35m in height. A modern cairn overlying the W side of the cairn measures about 1.2m in diameter by 0.8m in height.

(YARROWS04 047)

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 15 June 2004


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