MHG11483 - Chambered Cairn, Kinbrace Farm


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Type and Period (1)

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

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NC82NE 4.00 8757 2830.
4.01 8755 2830 Bothies

(NC 87572830) Chambered Cairn (NR). OS 6"map, (1962)

An Orkney-Cromarty type, short, horned cairn with Camster-type chamber. It still stands 10-11' high, but has been greatly disturbed, especially by robbing at the edges which are so overgrown with heather that only N and NE sides can be traced even approximately. The diameters seem to have been about 70' E-W by 63'. There are definite horns at NW and NE corners but their limits are difficult to establish. The entrance has been from E, the passage now starting about 20' inside the edge of cairn, and being visible for only 4', roofed with lintels. The present entrance into the chamber is through a hole in roof of central compartment which reaches a height of 6'.
The cairn was excavated before 1911, the only find being a heart-shaped amulet of polished serpentine which was in Dunrobin Museum in 1911 (RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909) but lost by 1957.
A S Henshall 1963, visited 1957; Visited by OS (EGC) 26 5 1961

This chambered cairn is as described and planned by
Henshall; the chamber is choked with stones.
Revised at 1/10,000. Visited by OS (J B) 16 December 1976

This cairn is situated on heather-covered moorland; it measures 16.6m from E to W and 17.2m from N-S, but it is only on N side that the edge is at all clearly defined with distinct horns at NW and NE angles; at its highest the cairn is some 1.8m The chamber, which is nearly central and was entered from the E side, has been very considerably disturbed in recent years and not all the features recorded in the past can now bedetected. Only the main chamber can still be seen; now filled with rubble, it measures 2.8m in length and 1.7m in breadth with corbelling still standing to a height of 1m in seven courses. There are several large disturbed slabs in the chamber and a more massive displaced slab to N of the chamber. Several bothies have been built around the cairn.
Visited by RCAHMS (JNGR and DCC) 31 July 1991.

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Grid reference Centred NC 8757 2830 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC82NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

Finds (1)

  • AMULET (Undated)

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