MHG13037 - Chambered Cairn - Knockan West


The western of two chambered cairns.

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

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The western of two chambered cairns.

At NC 2043 1042 is a chambered cairn surviving as a pillaged and partially overgrown mound of debris 17.5m E-W by 15m and 1.5m maximum height. Just W of the centre is a triangular-shaped slab 1.0m high by 0.3m thick, with another 1.5m to the S just protruding through the turf. Both slabs are facing roughly N and S and are undoubtedly part of a chamber of uncertain plan.
Surveyed at 1/10,560.
Visited by OS (J M) 15 July 1974.

No change. Visited by OS (N K B) 2 September 1980.

Visited by the Assynt's Hidden Lives project in December 2009. A circular grass and moss covered mound, 19m in diameter and 3.5m high with a spread of angular unstructured stone 30-40cm x 20cm. Two large depressions in the top suggest robbing and/or collapse of the chamber. Towards the centre two large stones are visible, possibly lintels/capstones 1m by 0.5m by 0.4m deep. There is no obvious trace of the entrance. The cairn is situated on a natural terrace in sloping ground. Surveyed in detail. <1>

Photographs of Knockan West were submitted to the HER in November 2010. <2>

The cairn was scheduled by Historic Environment Scotland with effect from 24/10/2018. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NC 2043 1042 (25m by 25m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC21SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ASSYNT

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