MHG1817 - Camster South Cairn


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Type and Period (3)

  • BURIAL CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • INHUMATION (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

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ND24SE 17 2603 4390.

The remains of a small cairn 27'diameter and 2'high with a cist, 5'to 6 'diameter, exposed in the centre. An unburnt skeleton is said to come from the cist. According to Feachem (1963) this cairn is not one of the 'Grey Cairns of Camster', but the ONB (1872) includes it under that heading. Anderson (1886) suggests an association with the stone rows (ND24SE 3).
Name Book 1872; J Anderson 1886; RCAHMS 1911; R W Feachem 1963.

A mound of bare, rubble stones about 9m diameter and 0.4m high. The centre has been dug into and the stones heaped around to form a rough shelter about 3m diameter, within which is one earthfast slab on edge, 1m long, facing NE-SW, which is probably part of the cist. Two loose slabs lie beside it. The cairn would appear to be too far (about 100m) from the stone rows to be directly associated.
Surveyed at 1:10,000. Visited by OS 11 April 1972.

The cairn was included within the Scheduling for the Grey Cairns of Camster to the north (see MHG1809 and MHG1816) by Historic Environment Scotland in 2017. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 2601 4390 (37m by 38m)
Map sheet ND24SE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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