MHG1542 - Burials in cists, Tota Garbhaig


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Type and Period (2)

  • CAIRN (Undated)
  • (Alternate Type) MOUND (Undated)

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Full Description

Tumulus (NR) (Site of) OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Two Stone Cists containing Human Remains found (NAT) In Tota Garbhaig were found two short cists containing human remains; one was found about 1790 and other in 1872. Tota Garbhaig (? Rough turf) is an earth and stone mound.
OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1873); Name Book 1873.

This mutilated cairn is approximately 43m NE-SW by 32m transversely and 1.5m max height. On SE side, the turf-covered footings of a wall can be seen.
Visited by OS (N K B) 10 November 1964.

Tota Garbhaig (NAT) Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

Tota Garbhaig is a large stony mound, mainly turf-covered, and mutilated by quarrying. It is roughly 'keyhole' shaped, measuring 42m ENE-WSW by 30m at curved W end, tapering to 14.5m at angular E end; quarrying and ploughing may have truncated the cairn. Orthostats forming no intelligible pattern protrude through the surface; the upright position of some stones may be fortuitous. The remains of wall in SE are very slight. The shape of mound is such that it no longer resembles a cairn, and this classification would not be considered but for discovery of the 'cists'; but comparison can be made with possible homestead structures elsewhere in this area (of ND05NW 7, 9, 11 and 12), strengthened by the 'wag-like' appearance of E end of mound.
Revised at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (J B) 17 July 1981.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0390 5999 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND05NW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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