MHG1880 - Cairns, Dunnet


Site of two cairns.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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As described by previous authorities, except that there is some evidence that trenching has taken place across both features. Though they have a regular plan and profile which is cairn-like, they are situated in a dune landscape and may be small circular dunes. Rabbit scrapes in summit indicate pure sand only; sole evidence for a stony content is the aforementioned flat slab at the base of the E mound.
Revised at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (N K B) 7 July 1982.

Cairns (NR)
OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

Two sand and turf covered cairns as described by RCAHMS. The one in E has a loose flat slab, 0.9m by 0.6m, lying prostrate on its E arc. Visited by OS (I S S) 9 March 1972.

Two small cairns c32ft diameter and 5 to 6ft high. Neither appears to have been excavated.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 25, No. 71 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2179 6930 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND26NW
Civil Parish DUNNET
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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