MHG1497 - Cairn w Burials, Olrig Glebe


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Type and Period (2)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 560 AD)
  • (Alternate Type) BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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Full Description

"Picts House (remains of) Human remains and querns found here" on 1st ed OS - HAW 3/2004

Mound (NR) OS 6" map, (1970)

Broch (supposed), Olrig Glebe: A stony mound, which probably contains a broch, is under cultivation and no sign of structure is visible. The diameter overall is c96ft and elevation c6ft (RCAHMS 1911). Classified as an uncertain broch (Graham 1949).
RCAHMS 1911; A Graham 1949

A grass-covered mound much reduced by cultivation measuring 30m diameter and 2m maximum height is almost certainly a cairn. A stone wall encroaches on NW segment.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 18 February 1965

No change to previous field report. Visited by OS (JB) 16 11 1981

'Broch' mound. Dimensions: 33 x 29m. Grass-covered mound 2m high.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

ND 16 10 OLRIG GLEBE (‘Borgie House’)
ND/1912 6710
Possible broch or cairn in Olrig, Caithness, consisting of a grass-covered, stony mound about 30.0m in diameter and much reduced by cultivation; no fragments of a structure are to be seen, and the site may be that of a cairn [1].
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 16 NE 12: 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 87-8, no. 322. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 1911 6710 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND16NE
Civil Parish OLRIG
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (1)

  • QUERN (Undated)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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