MHG20592 - Burial cairn or burnt mound – Auchinduich


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Type and Period (2)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC50SE 5830 0065 and 5834 0064

3 cairns (NMRS MS 738/29, no.4), situated on lower W facing slopes of Cnoc Torr an Leamhain, were recorded during course of a pre-afforestation survey by AOC (Scotland) Ltd. The southernmost cairn, at NC 5834 0064 (see MHG45060), consists of a large mass of stony rubble which measures 12m by 6m and stands up to 1.5m in height. Later features, including a corn-drying kiln and a small enclosure (see MHG19400), have been inserted into summit and N face of cairn respectively. The middle cairn, at NC 5830 0065 (see MHG45059), measures 15m wide by c2.5m high and has an irregular grround plan with poorly defined edges whilst that to N, at NC 5826 0069 (this record), is much smaller, measuring 7m by 2m overall, is of regular shape and has a conical summit.
The surveyors interpreted all three cairns as possible prehistoric funerary monuments although excavator of Northernmost (this record) considered it to be a burnt mound.
J O'Sullivan and C Burgess, AOC (Scotland) Ltd, 1996; NMRS MS 738/29 <1>

This site has been excavated by R McCullagh as part of the Lairg project. The excavator interpreted the site as a possible burnt mound and a radiocarbon date of 2290 +/- 50 BP was derived from a sample of cairn material. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NC 5825 0069 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC50SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CREICH

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