MHG11780 - Chambered Cairn, Cnoc Odhar


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

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NH79NE 24 7671 9673.

(NH 7671 9673) Chambered Cairn (NR) Human Remains found AD. 1868 (NAT) OS 6" map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1907)

Cnoc Odhar: Orkney-Cromarty, round, polygonal chamber. A severely robbed cairn now having a diameter of nearly 90ft though cairn material seems to have spread beyond its original limits on NE. An original diameter of 70ft to 80ft seems likely. Near the centre is a group of six upright slabs representing a polygonal chamber. To S are two obliquely set stones with inner ends pointing into chamber,which may be portal stones, and immediately to S of these is a flat slab 5ft 6ins long which may be a passage lintel. RCAHMS (1911) was inclined to regard the remains as those of a bipartite chamber, but his account is difficult to interpret with regard to main stones now to be seen. RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1963.

Generally as described above, outer limits of the cairn now measures 20m NW-SE by 20m transversely, giving an almost square appearance. The six remaining stones of the chamber are still intact, but three other stones shown on plan to SW do not seem to form any particular pattern as none of them are earth-fast. It seems doubtful if they were portal or lintel stones.
Visited by OS (R B) 7 February 1966.

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 10 December 1980.

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Grid reference Centred NH 7671 9673 (22m by 23m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH79NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DORNOCH

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