MHG10300 - Chambered Cairn, Ledmore Wood


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  • CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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NH68NE 2 6537 8944.

(NH 6537 8944) Chambered Cairn (NR)
OS 6" map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1907)

A chambered round cairn, which may have been horned, standing on a level site at top of a steep moorland ridge, measuring 55ft in diameter and about 6ft in height. It is of bare stone except where peat and heather have encroached round edge. In centre, a number of large slabs, apparently earthfast, protrude. They now form no recognisable plan but more of structure probably remains under disturbed cairn material. The most prominent stone, standing 3ft 6ins above the cairn surface is on east side of group.
A possible horn projects from NW side of cairn. It is about 10ft long, 17ft across the base and is outlined by stones. There were formerly (RCAHMS 1911) indications of a similar projection on the SE, but these are now very indefinite; none can be seen on SW and NE side has been disturbed by a rectangular construction. The cairn does not give the impression of having had horns and forecourt similar to other horned cairns in county, but, on other hand, there is no indication that the projection on NW is part of a secondary construction.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; A S Henshall 1963.

A chambered cairn as described.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D L) 4 June 1963.

No change to previous reports.
Revised at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (J B) 12 September 1980.

This cairn is as previously described. There is no evidence of recent disturbance.
S Carter and J Wordsworth (Headland Archaeology) 5 February 1997; NMRS MS 899/25, no.18

NH 66 90 (centre) A short-notice forestry survey was undertaken by Headland Archaeology Ltd over roughly 7.5sq km of land to the W of Spinningdale on the northern shore of the Dornoch Firth. A total of 28 features or groups of features of archaeological interest were recorded, 19 of which had previously been noted. The majority are post-medieval settlement sites (buildings, farmsteads and settlement sites) recorded first by the OS in 1874. The survey area and its immediate environs contain a notable concentration of chambered cairns, and a further example was discovered. This new site is heavily robbed but appears to be of a similar size and chamber type to the other examples in the area.
NH 6537 8944 Chambered cairn. (NMRS NH 68 NE 2)
Sponsor: Historic Scotland
S Carter 1997

NW SUT Local Plan, May 1987: P23/2.36.
J Aitken : 11/06/01.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6537 8944 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH68NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CREICH

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