MHG11986 - Mounds, Nr Sub station, Lairg Muir


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Type and Period (2)

  • MOUND (Modern - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)
  • (Former Type) CHAMBERED LONG CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Recorded in survey by Dr Thomas C. Welsh, Sept. 1998. <1>
See assoc. docs.
EM 18/08/2004

NC50NE 2 5871 0714.

(NC 5871 0714) (OS 6" map, annontated by T C Welsh) A possible long cairn comprising a low, grassy mound of stones about 1m high, 57m long and 15m wide at the SW end tapering gradually towards NE. What may be a short cist 0.9m by 1m lies 6m in from SW end. <2>
See assoc. docs. File for SMR NH80NE0045.

The long mound described by Welsh is at NC 5764 0708; there is a mound of similar size and shape at NC 5772 0705. They occur on a SE facing moorland slope close to to an electricity sub-station built within the last twenty years, and though local verification cannot be obtained, they are almost certainly dumps from the excavations for the sub-station. The 'mounds' recent origin is suggested by the covering of turf and rank grass in an area of heather; where the content is exposed, it is of light brown sub-soil and boulders, the latter unweathered. The supposed cist noted by Welsh is a fortuitous arrangement of boulders. Visited by OS (N K B) 9 August 1976.

Kinnes 1992 cites this as one of four non-Megalithic long barrows in the Highlands, all in SE Sutherland. None have been excavated. He does not reference the 1976 OS visit and its interpretation as a modern spoil heap. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NC 5871 0714 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC50NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish LAIRG

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