MHG12629 - Dun Riaskidh


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC66SE 1 6876 6140.

(NC 6876 6140) Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1964)

A chambered round cairn, formerly thought to be a broch (RCAHMS 1911) and named 'Dun Riaskidh'. It lies on a narrow rock ridge overlooking river and bay and is a mass of angular stones 4ft high. The edge can be traced on S and the indications are that it was about 57ft in diameter. The edge on the N is rather vague and may have been flattened in plan. On the E and W sides where there are steep drops, the stones have evidently spread downhill although on the E parts of a roughly built edging can be seen. Many large slabs lie about the site, probably mainly displaced corbels and roofing stones. Much of the chamber structure probably exists and a few visible orthostats are probably in situ. The entrance has probably been from the N.
RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1972; Visited by OS (J L D) 24 April 1960.

No change to the preceeding report.
Revised at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (J M) 17 August 1978.

The site was visited and photographed by R Spencer-Jones on 15/10/2014. The appearance is much as has been described previous reports. There seem to be orthostats protruding through the central mass of stone, with the appearance of cavities within. <1>

Dun Riaskidh (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG18071.

Dun Riaskidh (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG18072.

Dun Riaskidh (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG18073.

Dun Riaskidh (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG18074.

Dun Riaskidh (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG18075.

Horsburgh, J, 1870, 'Notes of cromlechs, duns, hut-circles, chambered cairns, and other remains, in the County of Sutherland', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 7, 1866-8, pp 271-9, 275 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1182.

PSAS, 1882, 'Donations to and purchases for the Museum and Library, and exhibits', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 16 1881-2, p.9-15, 37-40, 58-61, 144-56,176-80,236-41,401-18, 117 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG605.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 184, No. 529 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 582, SUT 62 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.

Mercer, R J, 1981, Archaeological field survey in northern Scotland: volume II, 1980-81, 107, No. 5 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG2511.

<1> Spencer-Jones, R., 2014, Photographs of Dun Riaskidh (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG26656.

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Grid reference Centred NC 6875 6140 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC66SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish TONGUE

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