MHG12139 - Chambered Cairn, Rhiconich

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Type and Period (1)

  • CHAMBERED 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.
See assoc. docs.
EM 18/08/2004

NC25SE 1 2538 5177.

NC 254 517. A round, chambered cairn, 35 ft in diameter and over 5 ft high, defined by a broad kerb except on the NE. The 15 ft long passage and 4 ft square chamber are open although both NW facing entrance and chamber entrance are blocked.
T C Welsh 1969.

This is undoubtedly an ancient cairn but the present arrangement of the slabs of the alleged chamber appears to be modern, so the classification of the site is uncertain. The most impressive feature is a very large boulder, presumably an erratic in situ, about 4 ft 9 ins high with a flat face 3 ft wide on the W side. Against this side is a hollow, roughly 4 ft square, partly faced by two upright slabs on the S and W sides. A third slab is set with its end projecting into the N side. These stones do not appear to be earthfast. A hollow in the cairn extending westwards has not exposed any structural stones. A S Henshall 1963.

A cairn, generally as described above. On balance it appears to be chambered. The stones which line the central 'hollow' appear to spring from the original ground surface, and do not seem to be later insertions, though some are displaced. The alleged 'entrance' noted by Welsh (T C Welsh 1980) is a depression caused by later exploration, and there is no trace of a passage to be seen.
Surveyed at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (N K B) 15 July 1980.


Welsh, Dr TC, 09/1998, The Invisible Site Finder: A personal view of the role of interpretive survey in archaeology, based on thirty years experience as an independent site-finder, and a comment on the low visibility imposed by restricted access to publication (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG2927.


Welsh, T C, 1969, 'Rhiconich', Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1969, p.49, 51, 51 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1418.


Henshall, A S, 1972, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 2, 586 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG358.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NC 2537 5177 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC25SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish EDDRACHILLIS

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