MHG12860 - Tongue House, chambered cairn


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NC55NE 2 5926 5862.
(NC 5927 5862) Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 6" map (1962)

An Orkney-Cromarty type round cairn with a polygonal chamber, excavated by Horsburgh about 1867 and almost entirely destroyed by 1909. Most of the kerb of boulders, 57ft in diameter, remains but within this only a few large, displaced boulders lie about the site, most of the cairn material having been removed. Horsburgh noted that one of the stones of the chamber 'had two holes bored artificially a short way into each of its sides, but not quite opposite, the holes were about 3ins in diameter'.
A S Henshall 1963, visited 11 July 1958; J Horsburgh 1870; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909

The remains of a chambered cairn about 15m diameter. The kerb of boulders survives intermittently, best preserved in east and south. Several boulders within the kerb form no intelligible pattern.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (JD) 26 4 1960 and (ISS) 1 July 1971

No change. Visited by OS (JB) 15 September 1977

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Grid reference Centred NC 5926 5862 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC55NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish TONGUE

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