MHG1138 - Chambered Cairn, Houstry


An Orkney-Cromarty, Camster type, chambered cairn.

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

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Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1979.

An Orkney-Cromarty, Camster type, round chambered cairn. A considerably robbed cairn with N-S axis through the main chamber of 55ft by about 70ft across it. It is free of vegetation but its edge is indistinct. The chamber, represented by the tops of five slabs, was probably entered by a passage from the S edge of the cairn.
RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1963. <1><2>

A 'heel-shaped' chambered cairn, mainly as described by Henshall (1963). It is defined in the S by a straight kerb of drystone walling, three courses high and about 10 m long. The kerb is obscured by tumble elsewhere. The entrance is visible as a break just off centre in the S kerb.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 11 March 1968.

No change. Visited by OS (J M) 19 October 1982.

This cairn is as described by Davidson and Henshall (1991) <3> and its position was resurveyed for the OS 1:2500 revision programme.
Visited by RCAHMS (SH) August 1997

This cairn was visited during a walkover survey in July 2009 and found to be as described. <4>

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Grid reference Centred ND 15312 33149 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND13SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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