MHG11842 - Cairnfield, The Ord


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  • CAIRNFIELD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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NC50NE 46 5747 0565.

(NC 5745 0564) A burnt mound (OS {A A}) a crescentic mound of earth and boulders measuring about 42ft along the crest, about 12ft across the centre and 29ft between the points facing NE with the back to the hill. RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (A A) 8 June 1971.

The mound, situated high on the NE facing slope of The Ord at NC 5747 0565, is as described by the previous authorities but there was no trace of fire-reddened stone, black earth (apart from peat) or charcoal on removal of some of the stones. It displays a similar content to numerous stone clearance heaps nearby, and, together with them, delineates the edge of cultivation plots (See NC50NE 13). The only factor suggesting a burnt mound is its crescentic shape, but this is not uncommon in clearance heaps. There is no water source nearby.
Visited by OS (N K B) 26 July 1976.

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Grid reference Centred NC 5747 0564 (300m by 300m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC50NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish LAIRG

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