MHG1565 - Possible chambered cairn - Shurrery


A possible chambered cairn or clearance cairn at Shurrery.

Type and Period (2)

  • CHAMBERED CAIRN? (Neolithic - 4000 BC? to 2401 BC?)
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN? (Unknown date)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible chambered cairn or clearance cairn at Shurrery.

Chambered cairn, recorded by R Mercer in 1982 during a survey undertaken by the University of Edinburgh, one of several over a number of years in Caithness: FOR 304 Dimensions: 6m x 5m. Height: 0.70m. Subcircular grass-covered mound with stones visible. Orientation: NNW-SSE. 45m SSE of Mon 301a. Associated with Mons. 299, 300, 301, 303, 305, 306, 311 and 302. ND 037580. (Figs. 16, 85). <1>

Though recorded as a chambered cairn by Mercer, Davidson and Henshall consider that this is not a cairn, but possibly field-gather. <2>

This feature is visible in LiDAR data gathered by AOC Archaeology in 2011 as part of the mitigation for the visual impact on the archaeological landscape associated with the proposed Baillie Hill windfarm, Caithness. However, it was not identified in the initial data analysis, and is therefore not mentioned/listed in the report. <3>

Note: the grid reference for this site in <1> is incorrect [IS-L 22/06/2020].

Note: the linked Canmore record has an incorrect 1982 survey archive plan site reference number [IS-L 22/06/2020].

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred ND 0364 5802 (12m by 12m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND05NW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (2)

External Links (1)

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.