MHG1895 - Cairn of Ashly


Heavily mutilated cairn.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Cairn, 'Cairn of Ashley'. Dimensions: 40 x 37m. Subcircular mound 1.5m high, truncated on all sides by ploughing. It possesses a 'mound on the mound' formation 18m diameter situated on lower, larger mound.
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 6 May 1982

Cairn of Ashley (NR) OS 6" map, (1970)

This cairn, known locally as the Cairn of Ashly (not Ushly) is situated on natural rise, 150ft OD. It is roughly circular, measuring approx 20m diameter and 1.7m maximum height with a flat top some 12m in diameter, but it has been so spread that edge of cairn has merged with natural slopes. Cairn material has been exposed on SE slopes, where ground has broken away. The cairn is mutilated on N side by addition of stone clearance.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 16 September 1965.

ONB (1873) states that Cairn of Ushly was a cairn of stones on a slight pasture eminence, but that it had been removed. However, RCAHMS describe it as still existing as a small cairn, c30ft in diameter and 3ft high, with a depression on top.
Name Book 1873; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2637 6035 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND26SE
Civil Parish BOWER
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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