MHG10932 - Chambered Cairn - Fiscary


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

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NC76SW 5 731 626.
('A':NC 7310 6263) Cairn (NR) ('B':NC 7311 6260) Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1964)

The cairn was Scheduled with three others nearby in 1934.

The descriptions of these two cairns have been transposed on the OS 6"map. 'A' (N cairn) is chambered and 'B', as far as is known, is unchambered.
'A' is an Orkney-Cromarty type, round cairn with a Camster type tripartite chamber (Henshall 1963), and was excavated by Kerr in 1891. It is free of vegetation and measures 16m diameter and 1.5m high. The centre is mutilated but it is still possible to identify the tops of eight upright slabs of chamber, which was entered from WSW. entrance passage has collapsed.
'B' appears to be intact 20m diameter and 2.7m high. A 'platform' of stones, 8m broad and 25m long, now mainly turf-covered, stretches from base of this cairn towards 'A'. It appears to be an original feature but its purpose is uncertain. (cf NH79SE 1 and 2). Surveyed at 1:2500.
C Kerr 1892; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; A S Henshall 1963; Visited by OS (J L D) 27 April 1960 and (R L) 8 July 1971.

These cairns are as described by previous authorities The 'platform of stones' joining cairns is well consolidated and of the usual 'cairn-like' rubble stones. This complex may be a 'waisted' long cairn of two distinct periods (A S Henshall 1972).
Revised at 1/10,000. Visited by OS (N K B) 2 August 1977.

N end of 'A' has traces of three faced steps within cairn material and parallel with outer edge of cairn. 'B' is of the same loose boulder construction as 'A' and has a small portion of corbelling visible. Both cairns would appear to have been enclosed within a large trapezoidal cairn.
R J Mercer 1981.

Described as "Brough (remains of)" on 2nd ed OS - HAW 01/2004

The Scheduling was amended by Historic Environment Scotland with effect from 12/06/2023. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 7310 6263 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC76SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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